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Rustaveli Cocktail

41 Gradus

At his Tbilisi cocktail bar 41 Gradus, owner Roman Milostivy highlights chacha, the native spirit of the country of Georgia. The Manhattan-ish Rustaveli is named for famed Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli, who's also the namesake of one of Tbilisi's central thoroughfares. In this drink, Milostivy uses equal parts chacha and sweet vermouth, with a small pour of Cynar and a few drops of absinthe.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “This Georgian Bar Is Going All In on the Country’s Native Spirit.”


  • 1 ounce chacha
  • 1 ounce sweet Italian vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Cynar
  • 5 drops absinthe


  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir.

  2. Strain into a coupe.