Fernet is one of the most unique drinks out there. Originally from Italy, the drink has made its way to the United States and is gaining momentum by the day. It has a special relationship with coffee, beer, and mint. The drink is made of five ounces of fernet branca, two ounces of coffee liqueur, three ounces of sweet vermouth, and three ounces of club soda.

[ferˈnɛt]) is an Italian type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. Fernet is made from a number of herbs and spices which vary according to the brand, but usually include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and especially saffron, (Source: en.wikipedia.org)



Fernet is a bitter, herbal liqueur with origins in Italy. Made with a hazelnut-ratafia base and rich with flavors of liquorice, quinine, and other herbs and spices, Fernet is an innocuous mix, even when mixed with a little half-and-half. Fernet, the drink, can be found throughout Southern Europe in bars and restaurants.

Four Christmas Tins to celebrate four Cocktail Bars in Milan, the home town of Fernet-Branca. Four Limited Editions, four pop art designs and four exclusive cock-tail recipes for mixing at home in celebration of Fernet-Branca’s 175th anniversary. (Source: www.fernetbranca.com)


Fernet is a curious drink with a recipe so obscure as to be impossible to pin down. It's said to have been invented by Count Cazanove in order to stave off the debilitating effects of excessive drinking in the late 19th century.

Chalk it up to the Milanese heritage, we guess? There’s one with a dancing alligator (crocodile?) and one with two aquatic ladies battling (playing?) in the ocean. Fernet-Branca was one of the first liquor companies to successfully parlay the mood of a drink into a clear, “cool” visual aesthetic. The company began marketing with well-known artists in the late 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1893 that prolific Italian poster artist Leopoldo Metlicovitz designed the brand’s now-famous, oft-tattooed eagle logo. And but for the inevitable marketing aberration, they’ve stayed cool ever since. (Source: vinepair.com)


Fernet is a bitter, black liquor typically made of a spirit base, spices, and herbs. It is sometimes called "Black Death," stemming from a story of a woman who abandoned her two brusquely-mannered sons to die in the forest. Fernet is still a popular drink in Brazil, and has no uniform name, but it can refer to a few things such as a type of Italian liqueur that is made with black coffee.

The Fanciulli, like the Toronto before it, is a variant on a classic cock-tail. In this case, it's a Manhattan. The origins of this drink are somewhat dim, but the flavor certainly isn't. It's a Manhattan with a bitter menthol backbone. The original recipe calls for bourbon; rye works too. But whichever you choose, pick a strong whiskey, something that will stand up to the fernet. I'd go with Bulleit or Wild Turkey 101, if you're choosing bourbon. (Source: www.seriouseats.com)


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