Dark brown in colour, with a bittersweet flavour. This Italian bitter apéritif liqueur made from 13 herbs and plants. Most predominant among these is, unusually, the artichoke (Cynara scolymus), from which the drink derives its name. Cynar can be drunk as either an aperitif over ice), or as a cocktail (mixed with soda water and lemon or orange slice, or with cola, tonic water, or bitter lemon soda). Because of its artichoke component, Cynar is also regarded as a digestive.