Sister Carmella

Recipe: Sister Carmella (serves one)

  • 1 1/2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1/4 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz. Cynar
  • 1 tsp amaretto
  • orange twist

Stir rye, sweet vermouth, Cynar, and amaretto in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist.


Brian’s sister texted us a picture of a cocktail menu from Faun in Brooklyn. She had ordered the Sister Carmella, which sounded delicious, so we tried recreating a version at home. After a few iterations, this recipe is what we ended up on — we have no idea if this is what it tastes like at Faun, but we like it!

Our go-to sweet vermouth is usually Carpano Antica, but the menu specifically listed Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, so we ordered a bottle of that. In comparison, Carpano Antica is sweeter, with vanilla notes and a more syrupy mouthfeel. The Cocchi has more bitterness and leans more toward herbal and citrus flavors; it reminds us a bit of Dr. Pepper.

If you’re interested in another cocktail featuring rye and Cynar, you might like the Little Italy.

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