Drago Centro's People's Cocktail Contest: Week Two -- Fernet Branca

Posted by Anisha | Posted in , , , | Posted on 5/30/2010

So I didn't win last week's cocktail competition... but that's perfectly fine with me, because that leaves three more times to put my bartending skills (or lack thereof) to the challenge! This week's ingredient is Fernet-Branca, an Italian digestif, that is typically served after a meal and often mixed into coffee and espresso. With an alcohol content of about 45%, just a whiff deters some. The ingredients of Fernet are a secret of the Frateli Branca distillery, but a few known ones are: rhubarb, saffron, aloe, cardamom, chamomile, and a base of grape.  

At the Urbanspoon event, Michael reminded me of the virtues of Fernet with this shot:

Week two: Fernet-Branca

Jill, Helen, Jacqueline, & me at the Urbanspoon Happy Hour
I was the only one to brave the shot of Fernet, suckas! ;)

My drink was inspired by Michel Dozois' Italian Stallion at the Nights with Névé soiree at Osteria La Buca last month. I named my cocktail entry liquirizia nera [translation: black licorice] after the main ingredient, Fernet-Branca.

Here are my tweets to Drago Centro, outlining    in under 280 characters    the ingredients, method, and garnish:

@dragocentro @michaelshearin 2.0 oz Black Label scotch, 1 oz. Carpano Antica, 3/4 oz. Fernet, Stir & garnish w/ lemon wheel #pplscocktail

@dragocentro @michaelshearin This drink would make my scotch-lovin' dad proud -- called black licorice or "liquirizia nera" #pplscocktail

The winners are announced via Twitter (@dragocentro @michaelshearin) sometime tomorrow! Good luck to everyone who entered!

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