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Cynar Spritz, The Authentic Italian Recipe

The Cynar Spritz is a cocktail made with Cynar liqueur, Prosecco, and soda water. The drink is light and refreshing and has a slightly bitter, herbal flavor.
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Cynar Spritz, The Authentic Italian Recipe
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep 10 minutes
  • Servings 1 glass

The Cynar Spritz is one of the many variations of the very famous Spritz, which was originally a simple cocktail made with white wine and sparkling (or soda) water. Over time, many recipes of this Cocktail have been created by repurposing, depending on the Italian region, the Original Spritz Recipe.

The Spritz cocktail is a popular Italian aperitif made with Prosecco, Aperol, and soda water; it is usually garnished with an orange slice and served over ice: Italians usually drink this cocktail for the “aperitivo”, before a meal, or as a light summer refresher. If you don’t have prosecco you can use any other white whine (still better to use a sparkling one).

Cynar is an Italian liqueur, an “amaromade from artichoke and thirteen other herbs and plants, including gentian, rhubarb, and cardoon. The liqueur is slightly bittersweet and has a deep, herbal flavor with hints of artichoke. If you don’t know how to pronounce it’s name, it’s actually simple: it’s sounds like CHEE-nar.

The Cynar Spritz is a combination of the beloved cocktail and the herbal liqueur: the result it’s a drink that’s light and refreshing and has a slightly bitter, herbal flavor. It’s perfect during summer, for an aperitif or right after a dinner with friends.

Just remember that to make this Spritz alternative, the base rule of Spritz still applies: 3-2-1, 3 parts sparkling wine, 2 parts liqueur, 1 part soda water


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  1. To make Cynar Spritz, start by filling the glass with ice, stir and then remove the water that will have formed at the bottom.

  2. Pour the white wine (Prosecco) first, then the Cynar and finally top off the glass with the sparkling water. Stir gently and just enjoy your Cynar Spritz.


To further flavor the Cynar Spritz you can squeeze a lime zest directly onto the cocktail before serving: the aromatic oils will serve to further perfume and flavor it.


The Cynar Spritz should be served and enjoyed as soon as it is ready, so we do not recommend storing it.