Archive of ‘Fernet Branca’ category

Napoleon I, gin cocktail

Let us pause today to remember the most famous Corsican, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, creator of the Napoleonic Code, and, of course, the Napoleonic Wars. Not to sure how gin, an English tipple, wandered into this recipe, but the French-made Dubonnet Rouge makes up for that. Napoleon I 2 ounces of dry gin […]


Hanky Panky, gin cocktail

A Prohibition-Era creation, this drink was first mixed by Ada Coleman, the first female head bartender at London’s Savoy Hotel. It has been adapted by the Gin Foundry in London, a company organizing gin-related events and offering, on their site, an array of cocktails and ginews. Hanky Panky 1 ounce gin 1 ounce sweet vermouth […]


New Groany, Negroni cocktail

Here’s our final entry for this year’s Negroni Week. Treaty Oak Distilling in Austin, Texas, has taken their highly aromatic gin, barrel aged it in separate batches between 1 to 2 years, blended it and bottled it as Waterloo Antique Gin. This smooth aromatic gin, combined with Fernet Branca — as substitute for sweet vermouth […]


Apothecary, restorative cocktail

They say 25 percent of the Fernet Branca poured in the United States is consumed in San Francisco. Created originally as a digestive, the Italian bitter has found its way onto the cocktail ingredient list along with fellow Italian, Punt e Mes, a dark, slightly bitter vermouth. The Apothecary recipe calls for a dose of […]