How do you take yr Fernet-Branca?

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Fernet-Branca, bitter of the gods. How and when do you drink it?

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OptionVotes
Ice cold 2
With a ginger chaser 2
Fernet makes me ill 1
Warmed 0
When the bar runs out of Campari 0
After drinking a wee bit much of other liquors 0
Only before making love 0
When I have a slight cough 0
Coke + Fernet on ice, please 0
Other0


libcrypt, Sunday, 5 August 2007 22:58 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.prike.ee/web_image_show2.php?image_id=89

libcrypt, Sunday, 5 August 2007 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

stinky stuff. i had to serve one of these last night. shit smells like cough medicine.

Rubyredd, Sunday, 5 August 2007 23:14 (twelve years ago) link

Isn't this the title of some best-selling Englishman-abroad-in-Italy novel?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 6 August 2007 00:10 (twelve years ago) link

I think that's Cooking with Fernet-Branca or something.

libcrypt, Monday, 6 August 2007 00:45 (twelve years ago) link

When asked to describe it to a friend recently, I said it was like Campari plus Jaegermeister. Anyone got a better notion?

libcrypt, Monday, 6 August 2007 00:48 (twelve years ago) link

that sounds pretty otm to me. what's the other one called, it's similar to fernet-branca?

Rubyredd, Monday, 6 August 2007 00:49 (twelve years ago) link

I dunno, but you must discover it. My love of the bitter knows no bounds.

libcrypt, Monday, 6 August 2007 00:53 (twelve years ago) link

may i offer you an averna on ice with a slice of lemon/orange? (i think it's bitter, but i could be wrong)

Rubyredd, Monday, 6 August 2007 00:56 (twelve years ago) link

Why, sure! Lemon, please. Bitter + sour are often excellent companions.

libcrypt, Monday, 6 August 2007 00:59 (twelve years ago) link

that'll be $3789.88, thanks ;)

(NZ dollars only, plz)

Rubyredd, Monday, 6 August 2007 01:00 (twelve years ago) link

Wait, did you say averna or adrenochrome?

libcrypt, Monday, 6 August 2007 01:05 (twelve years ago) link

this is one i was thinking of:

Branca Menta is the mint version of Fernet Branca. It's too 40% alcohol and has a very firm herbal, bitterness, but it is supplemented by an intense mint scent. Like Fernet Branca, you can drink it mixed with cola. Or, you can serve it straight on ice. Once it is chilled and slightly watered down, you can either sip it or knock it back in one shot. Either way, it has an icy, crisp taste that is quite refreshing and will also give you a bit of that magic Branca high.

Rubyredd, Monday, 6 August 2007 01:08 (twelve years ago) link

xpost
averna... but i think adrenochrome would be more fun...

Rubyredd, Monday, 6 August 2007 01:11 (twelve years ago) link

I usually drink it warm but at certain moments a coke & fernet on ice can be very helpful

basically fernet is for people who can't tolerate the sugar levels of jaeger but still miss the slowburn opiate rush that creeps in with the second shot

Milton Parker, Monday, 6 August 2007 02:58 (twelve years ago) link

I like it straight, unchilled, sometimes with a ginger ale chaser and I never have more than two shots. It's a digestive, not a good drink. If you get a chance, try the Fernet Stock from the Czech Republic - same taste but slightly less viscous.

Michael White, Monday, 6 August 2007 15:20 (twelve years ago) link

Hm. I'm thinking Fernet is quite good on its own, and that a chaser defeats the purpose. Also, mixers, while tolerable, are like adding water to good scotch. This is against Campari, which requires a mixer for premium enjoyment.

libcrypt, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 02:32 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Thursday, 16 August 2007 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

Misogynist!

wanko ergo sum, Thursday, 16 August 2007 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Friday, 17 August 2007 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

http://img.radio.cz/pictures/alkohol/becherovka3.jpg

rollerbeef, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 18:14 (eleven years ago) link

I really wanted to like that stuff when I wnet to Prague, rollerbeef, but I found it undrinkable. :(

Michael White, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 18:52 (eleven years ago) link

man i love that fernet shit.. with a ginger chaser for sure. It really does have the same effect as jager except I don't end up fucking some grodey frat boy after drinking fernet. COOL!

homosexual II, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 20:19 (eleven years ago) link

Fernet Stock, on the rocks after a heavy meal and sometimes, mixed with tonic, as an apperitif

baaderonixx, Thursday, 8 May 2008 07:21 (eleven years ago) link

The Dr Henderson: equal parts Fernet Branca and creme de menthe, with ice. A hangover cure invented by the father of Fergus Henderson, owner of St John, the London restaurant.

bham, Thursday, 8 May 2008 08:02 (eleven years ago) link

I have to try that, I have nothing but respect for the henderson clan.

Ed, Thursday, 8 May 2008 09:08 (eleven years ago) link

I have an empty Becherovka bottle in my kitchen! The lad and one of my mates love drinking bitters and other random odd Eurofag spirits so they tried it out. I cant imagine getting through even one glass and that bottle is huge.

Trayce, Thursday, 8 May 2008 09:08 (eleven years ago) link

I love Becherovka! esp wih tonic

baaderonixx, Thursday, 8 May 2008 09:12 (eleven years ago) link

yeah fergus henderson has a lot of love for the fernet-branca. i remember some other article where he said it's his first drink of the morning 'to open the eyes, calm the kidneys and start the day'. so cool.

t_g, Thursday, 8 May 2008 12:02 (eleven years ago) link

I have a friend that works in the restaurant industry who used to show up to work and ask for a 'cold espresso' (served in a demi-tasse for the sake of discretion) as an eye opener.

Michael White, Thursday, 8 May 2008 14:53 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...
one year passes...

Had a bit of a Branca Mental evening last night, brought a bottle to a party and to my amazement almost the whole thing got drunk (and drunk straight). Popular opinion was "it's not as repulsive as Fernet". Some evidence of strange psychological aftereffects today.

ILM Communication (seandalai), Sunday, 2 December 2012 16:33 (six years ago) link

What on earth???

"You think you’re tasting mint. Everybody thinks it’s mint. But it’s actually saffron, a ridiculously high concentration of it. In fact, some have speculated that Fernet-Branca uses as much as 75% of the world’s saffron and controls the global market. "

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/11/05/why-fernet-fueling-restaurant-industry-and-not-bad

ILM Communication (seandalai), Sunday, 2 December 2012 16:49 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

does fernet... hang on a sec... fernet valda go off? i mean if the answer is yes, and i'm not here to thank you record misadventure.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:15 (six years ago) link

i mean i don't think it rly matters which fernet obv.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:16 (six years ago) link

ok i'm taking a sip.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:16 (six years ago) link

well it tastes like wormword.. that's good right? it doesn't taste quite right...

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:17 (six years ago) link

i mean im listening to this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lEu3smXWPo

that'll be ok right?

actually i'm feeling a little weird. might chuck this and have a whisky instead.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:18 (six years ago) link

aw hell

http://youtu.be/7lEu3smXWPo

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:19 (six years ago) link

ah what the hell have i become one of those people who can't post youtube links?

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:19 (six years ago) link

see you on the whisky link imo.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:20 (six years ago) link

i think you're probably good

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:24 (six years ago) link

yes, thanks cad. I mean what can possibly go wrong? it's alcohol and in this partick case alcohol that freezes things harder'n a black hole. nevertheless, I'm going for a chill macallan to set me up for my nocturnal coma.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:32 (six years ago) link

who is fizzles tho

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:36 (six years ago) link

i mean, really, when u get right down to it

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:36 (six years ago) link

don't ask me, srsly. I wish I fuckin knew.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:38 (six years ago) link

it was rhetorical, u drunken windbag, pipe down

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:39 (six years ago) link

Fernet (Italian pronunciation: [fɛrˈnɛt]) is a type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit.

would fit in well hereabouts n'est pas

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:40 (six years ago) link

like black licorice-flavored Listerine.

ah here wtf is this like chartreuse

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:41 (six years ago) link

first time i ever got pissed chartreuse was involved i got nothing good to say about chartreuse

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:41 (six years ago) link

I'm going to banqueting house to fuck some Jacobites up.

woof, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 08:55 (six years ago) link

oh fuck had I but known this information.

think didn't call in sick partly because of LIE, but if I'd known about housewive's fave Charlie sooner I'd've sacked it off.

and this from a professional skiver earlier in my life (but then people who think they're good at this sort of thing are usually v bad).

oh god -

couldn't find you!
(me)

Let me know, in which part are you on?

Now at the front.

I think , I have to come back to 4 parts back

Jesus wept now.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:10 (six years ago) link

think I went to see some sealed knot types dick around on the mall this time last year iirr in fact.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:18 (six years ago) link

Fleet! what a crypto-wealthy hole.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:19 (six years ago) link

ok see you at fleet - seems easiest!

That's right.

That's right.

wonder if he'll send me confirmation of my rightness again. I hope so I could do with it.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:21 (six years ago) link

yeah, them's the boys. I nosed about a couple of years ago, this year looking to get in to the mass, hear a crazy sermon & see what they have in the way of relics. Prob just hankies etc, I suppose. No fingers.

woof, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:27 (six years ago) link

this drink is absolutely vile

the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:57 (six years ago) link

It is 10:04 and i am therefore :04 late oh well

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 10:05 (six years ago) link

god, sitting talking software development with a programmer - head is hurting like hell. anyone got the gen on text edit software design? need to filch rather than reinventing the wheel.

I must stink of fernet - still half drunk + hangover.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 11:27 (six years ago) link

Fernets past theorem

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 11:54 (six years ago) link

dying.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 17:13 (six years ago) link

ah it wasn't that funny tbh

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 17:31 (six years ago) link

no, he meant he's dying

Aimless, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 17:38 (six years ago) link

just my luck, i thought i'd finally found an easy crowd

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 17:43 (six years ago) link

I bought some Fernet Branca a couple of weeks ago. I don't mind it straight, but I'm looking for some simple cocktails I can make with it. The best one I've come across so far is the Toronto: Fernet Branca, whiskey (some recipes specify rye), simple syrup, and Angostura bitters, with a orange peel garnish.

Actually, the first time I had Fernet was in Buenos Aires, where they mix it with Coca Cola, so I guess that's an option, too.

jaymc, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 17:54 (six years ago) link

national drink of Argentinian teenagers or something like that

questino (seandalai), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:04 (six years ago) link

fernet with coke sounds like a gustatory black hole. only possible cocktail is fernet + more fernet imo. doesn't combine. like one of those.. oh god I just asked my tech colleague what an element that doesn't combine easily with another element was called and he just gave me a full-blown but barely conprehensible account of the periodic table and protons and electrons which gave for my head to throb in agony. so I'll just say fernet's like the opposite of an alkahest, whatever the term for that is, but I'm not going to ask colleague as do not fancy a lecture on Paracelsus during which I'll have to wear my mask of attentive understanding, which feels like it's generating an aneurysm. ye gods, he's just started on about molecules. Rly nice chap, but please stop now.

still dying but it's happening slowly, oh so slowly.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:09 (six years ago) link

you are living a halflife

b'hurt's tauntin' (darraghmac), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:10 (six years ago) link

in retrospect the glass of whisky between the fernets was possibly a bad idea it's true. god this dismal litany of stations feel like stations of the fucking suburban cross - Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Farnham, Surbiton. Just get me to Golgotha already ffs.

shiva has gone to sleep.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:16 (six years ago) link

I swear by this stuff but I don't even chase it with ginger ale anymore. It's one of those things I find doesn't mix well. Now angostura bitters and gin, otoh...

I have heard that Fernet-Branca is the world's larest purchaser of saffron.

Canaille help you (Michael White), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:21 (six years ago) link

Ahhhh, fernet. #memories

Chief Queef - Vaginally Rich (wins), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:27 (six years ago) link

I also first tried it in buenos aires. The porteños who offered it to me did so as if they were handing me a crack pipe in a public information film: "Go on, just try it, it's a little overwhelming at first but you'll love it man, it's wild"

Chief Queef - Vaginally Rich (wins), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:31 (six years ago) link

you have fernet #memories?

the only time I've drunk pink gins I fell over on the way out of my house.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:38 (six years ago) link

ya they and they alone are why saffron is so expensive iirc xxp

fernet was always a weird medicinal thing my mum made me take as a kid but i got somewhat hooked on cynar in the summer and have since revisited the old stuff for a laugh

still fairly unpleasant but i quite like it in coffee, gets u super jacked up if need be

r|t|c, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 19:39 (six years ago) link

The Dr Henderson: equal parts Fernet Branca and creme de menthe, with ice. A hangover cure invented by the father of Fergus Henderson, owner of St John, the London restaurant.

― bham, Thursday, 8 May 2008 09:02 (4 years ago) Bookmark

this sounds like absolute fucking filth tbh, the man's a wrong un

r|t|c, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 19:41 (six years ago) link

Hadn't heard of Cynar before. Might try it in a year or so's time when this hangover has worn off.

xpost jesus

cure as in cure you stone cold dead presumably.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 19:43 (six years ago) link

Cynar is made with artichokes, iIrc, and I've only had it served before dinner.

Ramazotti is a good amaro if you find Fernet to be to bitter.

Canaille help you (Michael White), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 20:42 (six years ago) link

cynar's great ramazottis great fernets great. these are my drinks

just sayin, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 20:43 (six years ago) link

to be fair to the fernet, the fear that has started kicking in, and which is one of the main reasons I've cut down radically on my drinking, is nowhere near as bad as that of whisky. (yes this is probable mystic bullshit, but I associate different drunks and consequently different hangovers with similar strength drinks - fernet's always been a winner here for me)

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 21:06 (six years ago) link

There's a great chapter on bitters and herbal liqueurs in Jason Wilson's "Boozehound." I guess American tastes run to the sweet and Euro tastes run to the ... gross? Just kidding. But I couldn't imagine drinking stuff like this, Pernod, Campari, absinthe, Benedictine, Chartreuse and other spirits along those lines straight. They're tough enough in a lot of cocktails!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 22:26 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Czech Fernet Citrus (lime flavoured) with tonic is the king of long un fussy drinks

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 23 February 2013 08:02 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Has a Fernet Branca Menta, a Mirto and a Amaro del Capo this evening and enjoyed them all. Could make a habit of amari, I think.

Rainbow DAESH (ShariVari), Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:25 (four years ago) link

*had*

Rainbow DAESH (ShariVari), Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:25 (four years ago) link

i was looking for this thread iirc my first encounter with fizzles <3

local eire man (darraghmac), Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:49 (four years ago) link

I was in a goth band a year or two ago and we had a habit at every show of everyone doing a shot of this before we played.

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 18 February 2015 02:13 (four years ago) link

Equal parts Fernet Branca, Campari, and Cynar, with a pinch of salt and a twist of grapefruit = the Bottecchia, which makes for a great nightcap.

Tove Lo Tove You Baby (jaymc), Wednesday, 18 February 2015 04:10 (four years ago) link

Woah would drink that

just sayin, Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:12 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Revive for Christmas. Fernet in cocktails has never worked for me because it just ends up tasting like adulterated Fernet but the other day I had this in Dublin:

FERNET IT**
Olmeca Reposado Tequila, sweet vermouth, Green Chartreuse, Fernet Branca, VCC porter, gomme syrup, Orinoco Bitters, with lemon oils

and it turns out that tequila + Chartreuse + Guinness can gang up on the Fernet and come to a truce.

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Monday, 25 December 2017 23:14 (one year ago) link

^ sounds like hell which suggests it might just work.

Fizzles, Monday, 25 December 2017 23:23 (one year ago) link

Imagine what the mixologist and friends must have gone through to arrive at that

El Tomboto, Monday, 25 December 2017 23:39 (one year ago) link

Ha ha. I know. Concoctions out of Tartarus.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 12:21 (one year ago) link

Every time this is bumped I get a hangover

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 13:52 (one year ago) link

tequila, splash fernet, chocolate bitters

freedom is not having to measure life with a ruler (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 15:06 (one year ago) link

also interesting. i’ve got a large and steadily diminishing bottle of fernet in the kitchen cupboard. steadily diminishing because i’ve got into the bad habit of pouring myself several large slugs of the stuff after returning home from a night out.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 15:23 (one year ago) link

In Madrid a few years ago, my wife ordered fernet at a bar, expecting to get a little digestif-sized serving. The bartender clearly didn't know what the stuff was, even though she had a bottle of it, so she gave my wife a full 8-oz glass of it, no rocks or anything. Just a whole glass of room-temp fernet. Most of it got left behind when we went to the next bar.

one year passes...

bottle of fernet as a wedding present y/n

seandalai, Saturday, 25 May 2019 13:03 (three months ago) link

if they don't like it they can send it to me

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 May 2019 13:51 (three months ago) link

y.

“here is some bitter wormwood that will unhinge your head and bring you together in mutual drunkenness”

Fizzles, Sunday, 26 May 2019 20:08 (three months ago) link

I vote no.

Yerac, Sunday, 26 May 2019 20:22 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

this is a thing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA93AmMF5CI

britain's secret sauce (seandalai), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 22:23 (one week ago) link


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