The Fernet Old Fashioned may be the best drink I’ve ever created.
I know what you’re thinking: Every drink with Fernet is Rick’s favorite drink. And though that is harsh and false mostly true, this potion of utter joyment surpasses all others.
Though Fernet is clearly delicious on its own without ice, I wanted a cocktail that would be more approachable, and in my case, a bullet train for consuming more Fernet. For example, mayonnaise is hard to eat in quantity on its own (or rimming a cocktail glass) but if you make a sandwich with mayonnaise and butter on white bread, it goes down like a Mai Tai. (Note: this analogy is flawless.)
Fernet Old Fashioned
- 2oz Fernet Branca
- 1/2oz simple syrup
- 1 dash either Angostura orange or Fee’s whiskey barrel-aged bitters
- orange peel, for garnish
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Release those orange oils, squire. Alternately, you could build over ice and stir.
Rick from Kaiser Penguin
The Fernet Challenge
The rules are simple: make the Fernet Old Fashioned. If you don’t like it, I will drink and document any cocktail you choose. Yes, even one made with seafood cheese dip (but no poison! … well, deadly flowers are ok.)
- You either love or hate Fernet. Which is it? And what is your Fernet story? You surely have one.
p.s. Yes, I’ve made Fernet Old Fashioned hard candy and am bringing it to Tales.