These two-ingredient drinks are super-quick to make and offer a nice change of pace when it comes to flavor.
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This drink won't convert anyone who hates either Fernet Branca or Campari, but if you love either or both, you should try this.
Bitter and aromatic Fernet enhances the spice inherent in Coca Cola.
An easy going cocktail with an herbal effervescence that'll take you somewhere warmer...
An Old Fashioned with Fernet Branca and pineapple? Yeah, I thought that might get your attention.
This riff on the classic King Cole cocktail subs in Hochstadter's Rock and Rye for the bourbon and simple syrup and increases the dose of Fernet Branca. Instead of an orange garnish, you'll add a little orange curaçao.
Pineapple and Fernet Branca in an Old Fashioned? Thought that might get your attention.
Are you into sherry and mezcal and aquavit? Will you take shots of Becherovka or Fernet? When you order a drink, is there one spirit or cocktail ingredient that's on your do-not-choose list?
"The idea was to have a drink that had bombastic flavors that would be satisfying after a big meal of deep flavors and then an espresso," Toby Maloney of The Violet Hour told us. Here's the recipe to make this bitter after-dinner drink at home.
This Campari-based drink from Toby Maloney of The Violet Hour in Chicago is a super-bitter cocktail designed to wake up your taste buds after a big meal.
A tasty fall cocktail with a cognac base, made with Fernet Branca, maple syrup, and tart apple cider vinegar, plus a sprinkle of cinnamon.
This cocktail from Mark Brinker and Jessica Tessendorf of Chicago's Barrelhouse Flat is a tasty fall drink with a cognac base. Fernet Branca, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar all contribute to the subtle complexity of the flavor, while cinnamon adds an autumnal aroma.
What Fernet Branca needs in a cocktail is a sparring partner, an ingredient that complements its strengths and masks its weaknesses. Here are five recipes to get you started.
The origins of the Fanciulli cocktail are somewhat dim, but the flavor certainly isn't. It's a Manhattan with a bitter menthol backbone.
A shot of Fernet and a pint of beer have long lived in double-fisting harmony. But now, with the release of Odell Brewing Co.'s Fernet Aged Porter, they meet in the rich, glorious chocolate-minty middle.
From The Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville, Massachusetts comes The Storm Cloud, a deliciously herbal take on grapefruit soda spiked with Cocchi Americano and Fernet Branca.
This drink tastes like a boozy grapefruit soda, with a nice combination of bitter and sweet flavors.
Do you like drinking enough to declare your feelings in permanent ink? Maybe it depends on how visually compelling your favorite liquor's branding is...or maybe old cocktail books have illustrations that inspire you.
Fernet Branca is an acquired taste: that mentholated scent, the sweet richness. It's oddly bitter and syrupy, reminding some people of mouthwash (though for others, it's a celebrated secret handshake.) As Nate Cavalieri wrote in SF Weekly, this herbal Italian quaff "most often gets compared to Campari and Jägermeister, though by measure of accuracy, it's equally similar to Robitussin or Pennzoil." But Branca's just the most widely available brand of Fernet, and there are other options in this family of amari. We recently hit two other bottles to investigate.
Every bar has its own culture—a philosophy on how guests should be treated, how the bar itself is set up, how the cocktails are made, how employees interact with each other, and a million other details. As bartenders and other staff come and go, they absorb these details, then spread this culture to other bars in their region and sometimes beyond. An interesting example of this is the rise of Fernet Branca.