Original Fernet Branca Cocktails

Pisco Branca

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We explore what might be the cornerstone of the cocktail world. Or perhaps better said, where many of us began our journey: mixing lots of random booze together and praying to the mixology gods that it wouldn’t kill us. And taking that as our mantra, we have only one rule this week: every cocktail must contain at least two base spirits (e.g. brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey).

The winning cocktail of the evening (as determined by a poll on the Mixoloseum Blog) will receive some high-quality bar ware courtesy of Mud Puddle Books:

  • The original British Bonzer, 10 inch, stainless steel mixing spoon with a sugar crusher end. Much sturdier than any found in the US
  • A two-eared, stainless steel hawthorne strainer that is only available in the UK. Very heavy duty

The crazy concocting begins at 7pm EST.

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(If you have missed out on the fun so far, check out what Thursday Drink Night is all about.)

TDN Fernet Branca Wrap-Up

I had no idea Fernet Branca could be so versatile until 20 mixologists got their hands on it and started whipping up drinks last Thursday evening. Everything from Aquavit to Zombies found its way into our shakers, and the results were palate pleasing. Nicole, Fernet Branca’s brand representative, joined in and offered a wealth of insight into the product, answering questions about the origin, naming, and production of the spirit. It was a treat to have her, and it got the evening off to an exciting start.

Winning Cocktail


Bully Boy

  • 1oz bourbon
  • 1/2oz Fernet Branca
  • 1/2oz Canton ginger liqueur
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • 2t simple syrup
  • lemon peel, for garnish

Select dodecahedron shaped ice cubes out of your freezer (be very selective, the shape is important), and bash them with a baseball bat. Now shake it all up and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Chris from An Exercise in Hospitality

Featured Cocktails

The Mixoloseum Twitter page has a full list of the Fernet Branca libations from the evening, but here are a few highlights:

Zombie Amari

  • 1oz blackstrap rum
  • 1oz pisco
  • 1/2oz Fernet Branca
  • 1/2oz gin (used Bluecoat, any “flowery” gin is preferred)
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • 1oz passion fruit syrup
  • 1oz pineapple juice
  • 1/4oz honey mix
  • 1/4oz Pernod or other anisette

Shake with a mountain of crushed ice and donate to the deadliest mug you have.

Gabe from cocktailnerd

Naught Vicor


  • 1 1/2oz tequila blanco
  • 3/4oz falernum
  • 1/2oz Fernet Branca
  • 2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Shake with mad abandon and strain, unadorned, into a chilled cocktail glass.

SeanMike from Scofflaws’s Den

Leaves of Absence

  • 1 1/2oz gin
  • 1/4oz Fernet Branca
  • 3oz hard cider (drier recommended)
  • 1t sugar
  • mint, basil, and cucumber

Muddle sugar, mint, basil, and cucumber. Add remaining ingredients and swizzle with a good dose of crushed ice.

John from The Bastard’s Booze Blog

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  1. SeanMikeNo Gravatar says:

    The pictures could use some bling.

  2. […] leave anyone untouched – it’s an acquired taste first and foremost, and with the ones who are real fans the fernet love is as solid as a […]

  3. no_merlotNo Gravatar says:

    I’m looking for the recipe for a drink I had in Germany a while back, called ‘Doktor.’ I believe it consisted of Fernet Branca, Pernod, and perhaps some other ingredient(s). Does anyone know of this? Please email me at if you do. THanks!

  4. NepenutNo Gravatar says:

    I am very pleased with the Mariozalez and I’ll be putting it on the drinks menu for an upcoming party, though I might reduce the falernum a little (I’m using Velvet Falernum, which is probably sweeter than the homemade variety). Actually I think I’ll experiment next by using 1/4 oz falernum and 1/4 oz pimento dram. Thanks.

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