A miniature bottling of historic Italian amaro and bartender favourite, Fernet Branca.
This minty, bitter liqueur is made with more than 30 different herbs and roots, and dates back to 1845. Ingredients include gentian, camomile, saffron, rhubarb, quinine, angelica, bitter aloe, galanga, and myrrh.
Production involves multiple macerations of different kinds in different vessels, after which the liqueur is blended and matured for 12 months in huge Slavonian oak barrels.
The final product is a liqueur with an intense peppermint flavour, accompanied by liquorice, camomile, citrus zest, burnt toffee, root beer, prunes in syrup and subtle vanilla. Fernet has a thick, syrupy mouthfeel.
In San Francisco this liqueur is known as a ‘bartenders’ handshake’, and is enjoyed as a shot, but in its home country it is mostly served with ice and a slice. Argentinians enjoy Fernet mixed with plenty of cola.