About year ago one my friend presented me a bottle of NARDINI Fernet Amaro. I was intrigue by this black stylish bottle very much. Actually Italian amaro and fernet are one of my favorite local European beverage. Fernet is a strong type of amaro – herbal liqueur with bitter taste. Now I have two bottle of Fernet in my liquor cabinet – the weel-known Fernet Branca and NARDINI Fernet. The B.LO NARDINI Distilleria a Vapore is famous Italian manufacturer of grappa. This distillery is one of the oldest in Italia. This distillery also produce some kind of traditional Italian liquor – Amaro, Fernet etc. The NARDINI Fernet is very quality and interesting product thus I decide to teste it in Fernet Cocktail.
The very interesting recipe of the Fernet I found at the CocktailDB. The main interest of this recipe is possibility of variation the base spirit. Some time ago I tested the Fernet Cocktail in brandy version. Now I will taste this cocktail with cognac and rye whiskey. It is very interesting for me as I am big fernet fun.
35 ml cognac or rye whisky
35 ml fernet
1 dash Angostura bitters
2 dashes gum syrup
Stir. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon zest.
The Fernet Cocktail with NARDINI Fernet and Hennessy VSOP Cognac is brilliant cocktail with deep bitter-sweet very smooth palate. It is excellent cocktail.
Hereafter I explore this cocktail with rye whiskey. Actually the Fernet cocktail with whiskey is so similar with Manhattan with fernet instead sweet vermouth. The sweetness add with sugar syrup.
I try my authentic rye whiskey – WILD TURKEY Rye and it habitual substitute – canadian whisky (I use cheap Black Velvet). The cocktail with WILD TURKEY is great! The powerfull drink with compose palate of whiskey spicy taste and bitterness of fernet. The cocktail with canadian whisky is so unsophisticated predictably. But it is so interesting drink too. It has bitter-sweet herbal taste of fernet with spicy whisky notes in the finish. No so bad!