Monday, August 31, 2015

Hanky Panky

I really enjoyed this spicy cocktail that makes use of Fernet Branca as the bitters. Fernet Branca is a very bittier Italian aperitif with lots of rooty and minty flavors. It is almost too much to stand by itself, but as a few drops in an aged gin cocktail with its own bitter vermouth, it seems right at home. This is a pretty masochistic cocktail, and the first I've made since getting back from France.
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin (Bluecoat barrel aged reserve used)
  • 1 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica used)
  • several dashes Fernet Branca
  • Orange peel twist
Combine all ingredients except twist in a shaker with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with twist.

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