Mandarine Napoleon Part Two (Cocktails): The Bitter Truth

We decided to delve into theology for a bit over this past week. Now we feel it’s time for that inevitable letdown. You’ve done your very best to live your life in some semblance of balance between the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Well, we’re sorry to tell you that all of us are only human, and inevitably we’re going to mess up. That’s simply the nature of the game. It’s the bitter truth of the human condition.

Speaking of the bitter truth, we’re not above a little self promotion and self-aggrandizing. If you missed the post a while back, we were recently interviewed by our hometown newspaper. So that the reporter would feel at home and understand what we’re aiming at, we created a unique cocktail for the interview.

And it’s the bitter truth.

Bitter Truth

  • .5 oz Mandarine Napoleon
  • .5 oz Cynar Artichoke Bitters
  • .5 oz vodka

Combine ingredient in a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake for at least 30 seconds and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The first taste is undeniably Cynar. However underneath that sweet bitterness there’s the hint of orange. That orange then moves to the front. The vodka serves to keep the two liqueurs from becoming too heavy and overpowering.

(Only one more cocktail before we make our verdict!)


— Mark


  1. Where can I buy this in Florida? Only the basic MN not the $300+ reserve. I used to find this out in Washington state at the then state run liquor stores.It’s delicious and far nicer all around than the sweeter, cloying Gran Marnier.

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