Monday, April 20, 2020

Bourbon Branca

This is a simple cocktail that combines two very unlike things. I love how bourbon softens the dryness of Fernet Branca, adding vanilla notes to the menthol and earthy Italian spirit. For this cocktail, I chose the whiskey that is iconic of Kentucky bourbon flavor, Evan Williams Bottled in Bond edition. It is strong and smooth, with a vanilla and hazelnut nose and a sweet center and nutty finish. The recipe says that the lemon twist is optional. I strongly advocate for it if you have fresh fruit. It ties these two spirits together. Without citrus zest they tend to fight each other for your attention.
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1 tsp. Fernet Branca
  • lemon twist (cut zest in a long strip and use a sharp knife to shape it into a shoestring width. Twist it over the drink and drop it in)
Combine all ingredients except zest in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with long lemon twist.

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