Whiskey Tango

If you've never tried Fernet Branca, you don't know what you are missing. In the class of other bitter digestif liqueurs, we think it really falls into a category all its own. 

While it certainly has some of the bitter herbal qualities associated with other brands, it has a distinct, almost minty refreshing finish. Stop by many of the bars or restaurants around town and you'll see the staff doing shots of Fernet - which is not a bad idea if we do say so ourselves. But we thought we would use just a touch of its signature flavor in this whiskey-based cocktail.

To enhance the flavors of Fernet Branca, we also used the Mint Julep syrup from Eli Mason. If you don't have access to it, muddle some fresh mint and use simple syrup instead. 

 

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon 
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz whiskey
.5 oz Fernet Branca
.5 oz Eli Mason Mint Julep Syrup
fresh mint for garnish

 

method:

Place a few ice cubes in your mixing glass before adding whiskey, Fernet Branca and mint syrup. Stir to chill for about 20-30 seconds before straining into a chilled glass. Garnish with fresh mint.