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Fernet Branca

A type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. Fernet is made from a number of herbs and spices which vary according to the brand, but usually include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and especially saffron, with a base of grape distilled spirits, and coloured with caramel colouring. Ingredients rumored to be in fernet include codeine, mushrooms, fermented beets, coca leaf, gentian, rhubarb, wormwood, zedoary, cinchona, bay leaves, absinthe, orange peel, calumba, echinacea, quinine, ginseng, St. John's wort, sage, and peppermint oil. Fernet is usually served as a digestif after a meal but may also be served with coffee and espresso or mixed into coffee and espresso drinks. It contains 45% alcohol by volume. It may be served at room temperature or on the rocks (with ice). A mint-flavoured version of fernet is also available. Because of its list of ingredients, a number of home remedies call for fernet, including for the treatment of menstrual and gastrointestinal discomfort, hangovers, baby colic, and (formerly) cholera. Proprietary Italian bitter-sweet spirit-based beverage/digestive bitters Substitute: -Aperitif bitters/Domestic imitations in some markets

Drinks made with Fernet Branca:

  1. Fernet Branca Cocktail
  2. Hanky Panky Cocktail
  3. Napoleon Cocktail
  4. King Cole Cocktail
  5. Pick-Up

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