Got a bottle of Fernet? Here are the top Fernet Branca cocktails to impress your friends with this bitter Italian amaro.
Got a bottle of Fernet-Branca and want to know how to use it? This Italian amaro is quite the trend, and it only appears to be going up! This ultra bitter Italian bitter liqueur is made with a mix of herbs and spices. It has a higher alcohol content than most bitters: 40 to 45% alcohol. You can use a splash in cocktails, stir it into a cola (as Argentinians are known to do!), or even drink it straight. But it’s got such a bitter, astringent flavor that’s at its very best in cocktails.
Here are three must-try Fernet Branca cocktails, from classic cocktails to modern spins! The Fernet adds intrigue and complexity in a way no other Italian amaro can. Ready to get mixing?
Tip: How to pronounce Fernet-Branca? It’s Italian, so you say “Fair-net brahn-ka”. (Resist the temptation to make it French and say Fair-nay.)
And now…our top Fernet Branca cocktails!
More great Italian amaro cocktails
Fernet Branca is just one amaro in a family of liqueurs. Amaro or amari (plural) refers to a family of Italian herbal liqueurs with a bitter flavor. In fact, amaro means bitter in Italian. This family encompasses a wide range of spirits: Campari on one end, Aperol in the middle, and hundreds of varieties in between. Want more amaro cocktails? Here are some favorite classic cocktails that use these trendy liqueurs:
- Black Manhattan with Averna Amaro
- Amaro Spritz with Amaro Meletti
- Paper Plane with Nonino Quintessentia Amaro
- Brooklyn with Amaro Tosolini
- Classic Negroni or Jungle Bird with Campari
- Aperol Spritz or Naked and Famous with Aperol
This flavorful Toronto cocktail combines the depth and warmth of whiskey with the intrigue of herbal Fernet-Branca liqueur.
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Fernet-Branca
- 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup or pure maple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- For the garnish: Orange peel
- Combine the rye whiskey, Fernet-Branca, syrup and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass (or any other type of glass). Fill the mixing glass with 1 handful ice and stir continuously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange peel and serve.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Fernet branca cocktails
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.