The Maloney No. 2 Recipe

Maggie Hoffman

We've been digging the combination of bitter Cynar and sweet vermouth ever since we got hooked on this cocktail, so we were pumped to see the bitter liqueur together again with sweet vermouth in this drink from Josh Durr of Louisville. You can experiment with different sweet vermouths (we liked it with Punt e Mes, but Carpano gives the drink a softer bitterness)—you might need to adjust the amount of maraschino you add depending on the sweetness of the vermouth you choose. The final result is rich and boozy, with a touch of citrusy sweetness balanced by a nice bitter finish.

In Food and Wine Cocktails 2013, where this cocktail appears, Durr recommends using a high-proof bourbon to cut through the sweetness of the drinks other ingredients. Drink this cocktail slowly; it's seriously strong.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1 1/2 ounces bonded bourbon

  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth

  • 3/4 ounce Cynar

  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur

  • Garnish: Orange twist


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add bourbon, sweet vermouth, Cynar, and maraschino liqueur. Stir until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
290 Calories
0g Fat
24g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 65mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)