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King of the Artichokes In the pantheon of mob nicknames, there is a wide array from the fearinducing (Sarface, The Blade), ot the descriptive (lips, The little Guy). But there was only one “King of the Artichokes.” That moniker was bestowed on Ciro Terranova, an early Mafia figure in Ciro Terranova New York City. He acquired the name by cornering the market on artichokes, buying them from west coast suppliers and inflating the price. He pressured grocers in the Italian immigrant neighborhoods to purchase his exorbitantly-priced vegetable, making the “King” a wealthy man. Terranova died in 1938, but had he lived another 14 years, he would have been able to experience the

launch of an intriguingly flavored spirit, the artichokeinfused liqueur known as Cynar. First off, Cynar does not taste like artichoke. Cynar is made from a combination of 13 herbs and plants, which give it a surprisingly smooth yet complex flavor, with a slightly bitter taste. Campari brought Cynar under its corporate umbrella in 1995, putting it alongside two other iconic Italian aperitifs, Campari and Aperol. low in alcohol (33 proof), Cynar is classified on the Campari as a digestif aperitif, or after-dinner drink. However, it works equally well as a pre-dinner aperitif. Cynar tastes greats with a little club soda or plain on the rocks. It also lends a degree of complexity to a variety of cocktails and can be used interchangeably with other bitter spirits. It’s well worth grabbing a bottle of Cynar for your home bar. It’s certainly a good talking point, and makes amazing cocktails. Cynar is not easy to find in the Bay area. The larger liquor stores, like Total Wine, do not carry it anymore. I found some at B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits on US-19 in Tarpon Springs.

Cyn-Cyn The Cyn-Cyn is basically a Negroni, with Cynar replacing Campari. This is the recipe featured in the book Boozehound.

Cyn-Tito A simple creation of mine, using Tito’s vodka.

1 oz dark rum 1 oz light rum 3/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice 1/2 oz almond flavored syrup (orgeat syrup) 1/2 oz orange curacao 1/4 oz simple syrup Maraschino cherry Combine the Cynar, gin, sweet vermouth and bitters in a cocktail shaker along with a squeeze of juice from 1 orange wedge. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the remaining orange wedge. 14 WWW.TAMPAMAFIA.COM

1.5 ounces Cynar 1 ounce Tito’s vodka Club Soda 1 orange slice Ice

Combine Cynar and Tito’s in a highball glass with ice, Stir for 30 seconds. Add in club soda to the top, garnish with orange wedge.

Tampa Mafia 2014 Fall Edition  

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Tampa First Mafia Boss Miami Beach Mafiosi Gangster Fatty Walsh DC's Most Notorious Gambler Arturo Fuente's Casa Cuba The Mob Lounge

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