This recipe is so simple that you only need remember the the name. The Fernet is bitter and aromatic—some say it's black licorice-like. While it's not always everyone's favorite straight, the bittersweet, mentholy stuff enhances the spice inherent in Coca Cola, adding intrigue to the mix like tangling legs of tango dancers.
It's a mildly fizzy, sweet highball that's much easier to drink down than you might expect. If you enjoy a Cuba Libre—that's a rum and Coke with lime—there is a good chance you'll like this combination too. I've always mixed the Coke and Fernet 2 to 1, but feel free to play with the ratios to arrive at a concoction to your taste.
- 1 cup Coca-Cola
- 1/2 cup Fernet Branca
- Garnish: lemon wedge or twist
Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Coca Cola and Fernet Branca. Stir gently, garnish with lemon wedge or twist.