Fernet Branca

by :: [Bitters]

Fernet Branca is a generic term for an amaro type bitter made from a number of herbs and spices and usually served as a digestif after a meal.

The Toronto Cocktail is a cocktail the incorporates Fernet Branca and is a twist on the classic Manhattan. Fernet is also the preferred post-shift bar shot of the professional bartender.

Fernet Branca Recipe:

Cardamom
3 oz
Lemon Peel
5 oz
Iva Herb
8 oz
Curacao Peel
10 oz
Calisaya Bark
10 oz
Angelica Root
12 oz
Orris Root
1 lb
Wormwood
1¼ lb
Calamus Root
1¼ lb
Bitter Orange Peel
1½ lb
Gentian Root
2 lb

Instructions

Combine the herbs and spices in a mortar and grind to a coarse powder.

To make the Fernet Branca bitters, combine 30 ml (1 oz) of the essence with 1700 ml of 40% alcohol and 190 ml of simple syrup.

Notes:

Iva is known in Switzerland as forest lady's herb (Wildfräulein Kraut) and has been used there for centuries as a stomachic tonic.

Back to Bitters List

follow on twitterFollow Art of Drink on Twitter

Twitter Updates

Book: "Cocktail Kunst" by Stephan Hinz :: drnk.ca/19cq57w #photo
Thanks! RT @jschlic: And @dsoneil Abbot bitter Manhattans are so good that I'm sort of angry that I made them. Anise makes that drink sing
RT @RootsSoda: Roots Soda Company is all systems go!! Read a blog about it here - blog.rootssoda.co.uk/post/114588379…
RT @alcademics: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN APERITIF AND A DIGESTIF | Giuseppe Gallo buff.ly/1y7248h
RT @MdrnMixologist: Spring issue of In The Mix is here !!!... fb.me/1YGRVKP0V
Americans’ Love Of Diet Soda Fizzing Out drnk.ca/fizzout "down 20% over the last 5 years" #audio