Discussion in 'Whiskey, Wine & Other Booze' started by vav, Jun 9, 2015.
I go through about a bottle a week at this point as it's my nightly sipper. If I'm out I may order a Toronto, but for the most part, 2oz neat in a chilled glass is my preferred method.
a local (cash only) bar near me gives you a free shot of fernet when you use their ATM.
cue me taking out a half dozen $20 withdrawals because my bank reimburses all ATM fees...
I do enjoy me some frenet. Can someone explain to me why they call it the bartenders drink of choice though?
Just finished my bottle recently but haven't restocked. Any similar libations (amaro or other herbal concoctions) others enjoy that I should branch out to?
As a former bartender I think it is kind of a hipster thing. It was kind of like a secret handshake, if someone came up to my bar and ordered a fernet there was sort of a wink that we both knew we were cooler than everyone else. There is also the digestif element where it is said to help the stomach after a full meal and there is also the tradition of bartenders/restaurant workers going out after their shift is done, usually to a greasy/comfort food type spot so the digestif in that context makes sense.
Oddly enough, I actually discovered Fernet before becoming a bartender while reading Fergus Henderson's cookbook. Fergus Henderson has a funny section at the end of a book filled with pig ears and lamb brains where he talks about the following hangover cure:
"Here is a cure for any overindulgence, taught to me by my wise father."
2 parts Fernet Branca
1 part crème de menthe
Mix together and drink. Don’t be put off by the colour. Be careful – this is so effective you can find yourself turning to its miraculous powers with increasing regularity. Don’t let the cure become the cause.
^that. It's, basically medicine, perfect after a meal/drinking.
quirkzoo Do have a Coin? I finally earned mine a month or so back.
Not Your Father's Root beer + a shot of Fernet. Try it, amirite Frank ?
No coin. I was a bartender in Hawaii 10+ years ago and it wasn't quite a "thing" there yet.
This sounds delicious.
Often make myself a Toronto at home, the below is my post from the mixed drinks thread:
This is actually the same exact proportions I use, but I prefer a higher proof rye, so I go with Knob Creek (and Knob Creek Rye makes a great sazerac as well- 2oz rye, 1/4oz simple syrup, 2 dashes angostura, stir w/ ice, strain and serve down in a chilled glass that was rinsed with absinthe, garnish with orange or lemon rind twist).
I always stir, strain and serve down, as I don't like ice in my drinks.
My jam right there.
At this point I'm drinking way too much Fernet with friends. Thank god the state got some more.
Also I just discovered Torontos the other week and holy fuck am I in love.
You guys need to check out Argentina some time. It's all just the best steaks you've ever had, dulce de leche everything, and fernet everywhere (usually mixed 1 part to 3 parts coke - which works susprisingly well).
And a Toronto sound a lot more appealing than the city ever did
I'm drinking a Toronto right now after work, with maple in place of the simple.
Works great, but does mute the fernet a bit
Anyone have a favorite Fernet? Branca is certainly assertive, I've been drinking quite a bit of Contratto lately however.
Also if you like Amaros I highly suggest trying Cardamaro. It's basically a fortified wine amaro made with Cardoons and Blessed Thistle, among many other herbs and botanicals.
Fernet w/ Coke is surprisingly tasty, learned it from some Argentinian friends. I don't know how they can drink so much of it though.
Fernet from a distillery in Denver.
Only my second pour but I enjoy it. Strongly minty, herbal component isn't quite as complex as branca. Will report back as I familiarize myself with it.
Been finding myself ordering this one a good deal lately.
How different are the brands of fernet? Are some night and day?
Very much so. Branca is the most asseritive in my opinion, so much mint. Contratto is much more mellow with a big dose of cardamom. Luxardo is almost like a baby Branca in terms of flavor. They're all great though.
But we should change this thread to a general Amaro one, may be fun.
My favorite thing about Fernet is ordering a round of shots and then getting to finish everyone else's.