Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Fernet Branca Cocktail

You don't have to love Fernet Branca to appreciate the balance of bittersweet notes in this mostly gin cocktail. I consider this cocktail to be quintessentially Italian and I wanted an Italian-tasting gin like MurLarkey's ImaGination gin. This has rosemary and basil as botanicals and it is so herbaceous while it remains very dry in a cocktail.

The real dry and bitter flavor comes from Fernet Branca. The sweet vermouth, however tames the menthol flavor of the spirit, for those who are not fans of that, but you do get more caramel and earthiness that otherwise is overpowered when you have Fernet by itself.
  • 2 oz. gin (ImaGination gin used)
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth (Cocchi Dopo Teatro used) 
  • 1/2 oz. Fernet Branca
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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