Other Booze The Amaro thread (Fernet Branca, etc.)

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  1. vav

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    Drink Fernet.

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  2. OnryAndMean

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    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.
     
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  3. tinypyramids

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    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...
     
  4. TheeWalrusHunter

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    I do enjoy me some frenet. Can someone explain to me why they call it the bartenders drink of choice though?
     
  5. quirkzoo

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    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
    To serve:ice

    Method
    • 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.

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  6. vav

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    ^that. It's, basically medicine, perfect after a meal/drinking.

    quirkzoo Do have a Coin? I finally earned mine a month or so back.
     
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  7. JCastle

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    Not Your Father's Root beer + a shot of Fernet. Try it, amirite Frank ;)?
     
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  8. quirkzoo

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    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:

    http://www.talkbeer.com/community/threads/mixed-drink-recipes.2018/

     
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  9. OnryAndMean

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    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.
     
  10. Frank

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    My jam right there.


    At this point I'm drinking way too much Fernet with friends. Thank god the state got some more.
     
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  11. Frank

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    Also I just discovered Torontos the other week and holy fuck am I in love.
     
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  12. Lurkaholic

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    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 :)
     
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  13. Frank

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    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 :(
     
  14. Terroir

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    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.
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  15. JCastle

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    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.
     
  16. quirkzoo

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    Fernet from a distillery in Denver.

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    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.
     
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  17. libbey

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    Been finding myself ordering this one a good deal lately.
     
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  18. housepants

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    How different are the brands of fernet? Are some night and day?
     
  19. Terroir

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    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.
     
  20. jakeox

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    My favorite thing about Fernet is ordering a round of shots and then getting to finish everyone else's.
     
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