Presbyterian Revenge Recipe

Alice Gao

(So named because it makes use of Cynar from Italy, a Catholic nation.) It's a refreshing and bitter drink of Black Grouse Scotch shaken with the artichoke liqueur, lemon, and a sparing splash of simple syrup. The grapefruit really comes through—you might think there's juice in it—but it's just the oils and bitters, resulting in a grapefruity cocktail that's not at all juicelogged. Great for fans of bitters who want something a little smoother than an aperitif on the rocks.

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Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce Cynar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Black Grouse scotch
  • Soda water
  • Grapefruit twist, to garnish


  1. Combine simple syrup, lemon juice, Cynar, and Scotch in shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass. Add a splash of soda. Squeeze grapefruit twist over top and use as garnish.