Latin Trifecta

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Cocktail History

The Latin Trifecta is a modern cocktail that was created by Jamie Bordreau, the founder of Canon Whiskey & Bitters Emporium in Seattle. He came up with the drink to pay homage to romance language-speaking countries by adding the complexity of bitter Cynar, which originates in Italy, to the frequently paired tequila, a spirit from Mexico, and sherry, a fortified wine from Spain. He then paired them with sweet orange flavors for balance.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Tequila: This is one of the base spirits. We used Arette Reposado because it’s light and peppery, and it’s affordable.

Cynar: This is an amaro. It adds a bitter herbal flavor with notes of toffee, caramel, and cinnamon.

Dry Sherry: This is the other base spirit. We went with fino sherry, a type of fortified wine that is drier and has a slight almond flavor.

Orange Bitters: These sweeten the drink and add citrus flavor and complexity. We used Angostura Orange Bitters because they pair well with their aromatic bitters.

Orange Peel: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Latin Trifecta features the noticeable aroma of orange from the flamed expression, a fairly muted initial taste with just a quiet hint of the Cynar’s sweetness, followed by an explosion of flavors in the back of the mouth and on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although a little too bitter for Kendall because she’d never tried Cynar, Alex thought this was a very tasty drink that’s great for slow, contemplative sipping. It also does a good job of representing the three countries of origin in taste and feeling. If you’re a fan of Cynar, it’s definitely worth giving this one a try.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Tequila
 1 oz Cynar
 ½ oz Dry Sherry
 3 dashes Orange Bitters
 1 Flamed Orange Peel

Method
1

Add tequila, Cynar, sherry, orange bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Flame orange peel and add to glass as garnish.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Tequila
 1 oz Cynar
 ½ oz Dry Sherry
 3 dashes Orange Bitters
 1 Flamed Orange Peel

Directions

Method
1

Add tequila, Cynar, sherry, orange bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Flame orange peel and add to glass as garnish.

Latin Trifecta

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More Cynar Cocktails

If you like this cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

• Mexican Tricycle: A mezcal cocktail made with Cynar, hard cider, and a lime wheel

 Boo Radley: A bourbon cocktail made with Cynar, cherry liqueur, a lemon peel, and an orange peel

 Trident: An aquavit and sherry cocktail made with Cynar, peach bitters, and a lemon peel

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