And the winner is… 2oz bourbon, 1.5oz Cynar, 2ds Angostura, garnish with a lemon twist. Serve on ice, or not; it’s your cocktail.
Buffalo Trace has a nice grassy component that suits the herbal Cynar. I was shooting for a summery cocktail and I’d stay away from anything with a spicier rye base, but you might also have good results with a sweeter bourbon. Whatever you do, don’t skip the lemon!
PS I got a mani/pedi because I had a week’s worth of bike grease and road grit in there. My manicurist told me about the time in 9th grade when she pushed Paul Finch in shop class and he cut his finger off in the table saw and Brian Carr picked up the finger and shouted LET’S GO! and they went to the hospital to have it reattached.