Fernet

MADE BY ARCANE DISTILLING IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

MOUTH SAYS...

WTF… What the fernet? This bracing liquor of Italian origin packs an intensely bitter punch, one we can't get enough of! Fernet is a bitter type of Amaro, an Italian liqueur, and the complex mix of rhubarb, licorice root, mint and more than a dozen other botanicals is nicely balanced by caramelized beet sugar and a distinctive mouth-coating texture.  

We're not alone in our obsession. Fernet has long been a popular after-dinner digestif and a favorite sidekick of cocktail bartenders everywhere. Technically, Fernet is a whole category of liquors, but not many people have experimented with the genre.

Our friends at Arcane love experimenting with them at their micro-distillery in Industry City, Brooklyn (we’re neighbors!). Their Fernet Amaro is Italian-style (distilled with 20 traditional herbs like saffron, cardamom, chamomile, etc.), but it’s made with a slightly new-world approach as it is crafted from all New York grains and American-grown hops.

TIP OF THE TONGUE

While it’s natural to sip Fernet on its own after a meal, you can also make Argentina’s national drink, the Fernandito, by mixing it with cola. Or, even better – make a refreshing bittersweet cocktail! Combine 1 oz Fernet with 2 oz Vya Sweet Vermouth over ice and stir until cold. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and serve with an orange twist.

  • $46 for 750ml

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