Fernet Branca Thursday Drink Night

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Upcoming TDN – Fernet Branca

From the moment Fernet Branca touched my lips, I knew I was in love. Bold and intense with a Piston Honda punch of mint and herbs, it can be enjoyed all on its own or offer a delightful bitterness to many a cocktail. And though I’d be happy to drink Fernet Branca out of nearly any receptacle, we’re going to be putting it to use creating original cocktails next Thursday night. The winning cocktail of the evening (as determined by a poll on the Mixoloseum Blog) will receive a bottle of Amaro Nonino. The festivities begin at 7pm EST. But don’t wait until then…

Stop by and say hello in the chat room!

Also, if you’re a first-timer or need a little refresher on the rules, Gabe has put them together in a tidy package of explanation on cocktailnerd.

TDN Telephone Wrap-Up

The rules were simple. Each successive drink was changed by adding, deleting, or replacing an ingredient from the prior drink submitted. We quickly determined that a reset on the recipe every hour was needed to avoid having pineapple juice, Campari, or St. Germain in every single recipe, but after that change everything went quite smoothly. The following potion crafted by Sylvan was easily the best of the night:

The Winner

Donn Ameche

  • 1 1/2oz cognac
  • 1oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1/4oz Plymouth sloe gin
  • 1 dash Peychaud bitters
  • Ting, to top

Shake with ice shattered from a glacier, strain into a tall, skinny cup of culminated success, and splash on Ting or other grapefruit soda.

Sylvan from Mixoloseum

Featured Cocktails

Listed below are the highlights from last week’s TDN. Check out Twitter for the full list of cocktails.

The Nokia

  • 1 1/2 gin
  • 1/2oz St. Germain
  • 1/2oz Campari
  • 1/2oz pineapple juice

Bash up some ice with a top-heavy scepter and shake like He-Man. Strain into a chilled goblet.


Watson’s Reply

  • 2oz pisco
  • 3/4oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2oz sloe gin
  • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ting or ginger ale, to top

Shake with inquisitive restraint and strain into a beryl coronet. Fill with crushed ice and top with Ting.

Gabe from cocktailnerd

D’Artagnan’s Wish

  • 2oz Demerara Rum (used El Dorado 12-year)
  • 1/2oz Cointreau
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • scotch to rinse (used Laphroaig 10-year)

Rinse a cocktail glass with a nice peaty scotch. Shake the rest with Kold Draft ice and strain. (Ok that last part is just me dreaming of hot metal and cool ice.)

Rick from Kaiser Penguin

Caller ID

  • 1 1/2oz gin
  • 1/2oz St. Germain
  • 1/4oz Campari
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • 1/2oz pineapple juice
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Shake with icicles you’ve crushed up with a baseball bat. Strain into a hollowed out mini-pineapple and be happy.


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Kaiser Penguin is a cocktail blog featuring original recipes, homemade ingredients, classic cocktails, and tiki drinks.

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