What is Fernet?? I just asked a friend of mine who happens to be a bartender and this is what she told me:
Fernet Branca Bitters Liqueur:Dark brown with an orange cast fresh peppermint aromas are very distinctive a huge blast of menthol assaults the palate with a drying bitter herb finish.
Here is a brief description of it's origins and ingredients:
First produced in Milan in 1845, Fernet Branca is a member of the broad class of Italian amari, or bitter liqueurs, that also includes Campari, Averna and Aperol. Designed to be consumed as a post-prandial digestivo and renowned for its alleged powers at countering the effects of overindulging at the dinner table, Fernet Branca is flavored with around 40 roots, herbs, spices and other ingredients, including gentian, myrrh, chamomile and saffron. Redolent with the herbaceous aroma of menthol and eucalyptus, Fernet Branca has a bitter complexity that is jarring on first experience, and bracingly alluring with each subsequent encounter. While many drinkers may first taste Fernet Branca as a late-night dare in a crowded bar, the liqueur has many dedicated fans who adore its firm slap to the palate. Fernet Branca has long been wildly popular in Argentina, where it is often mixed with Coke
And Now, The Recipes:
Fernet Branca Cocktail Recipe
2 oz Gin 1/2 oz Fernet Branca 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
Best served in a Cocktail Glass.
CORPSE REVIVER # 1
1 1/2 oz. Brandy (more Brandy drinks) 1/2 oz. Fernet Branca (more Fernet Branca drinks) 1 oz. White Creme de Menthe (more White Creme de Menthe drinks)