Cynar, the not so appetising apéritif liqueur

Cynar might be an aperitif to some, but others say that it downright revolting. This Italian bitter apéritif liqueur is gray-green drink that smells like dirty underwear (whatever that smells like…) and peels the fur off your tongue like acetone strips your nail polish according to It has a consistency like the stuff that collects at the bottom of your kitchen garbage can.

The drinks name derive from the Cynara scolymus or artichoke plant. Its dark in colour an contains round about 16.5% alcohol.

How do you drink it? Europeans often mix it with orange juice, but you can shoot it straight-up or drink it over ice. Because of its artichoke component, Cynar is also regarded as a digestive. No shit!