Fernet + Cola: the dream team

If I say to you, “Fernet-Branca,” what is it? Yeah, you’ve had it? It’s good isn’t it? It does the job. But,oh the taste.
— Bill Cosby, “Fernet-Branca” from Fat Albert, 1973

Fernet entered the country through the port of Buenos Aires. Italian immigrants who landed earlier in the century came with dreams to fulfill and a bottle of this beverage ready to pop. At the slightest motion sickness on the boat, the minimum indigestion or to make local water drinkable, Italians had their multi-purpose bottle handy.

What is fernet? It’s a type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. Fernet is made from a number of herbs and spices which vary according to the brand, but may include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and saffron, with a base of grape distilled spirits, and colored with caramel coloring.
This mysterious herbal brew has been a “bartender’s cure” for generations, recommended to settle upset stomachs and hangovers. Part of the reason no one has ever been able to replicate it, is because you can’t just get all the ingredients in one area. It comes from around the world.

Popular in Argentina,mixed with cola,  it is often taken as the national cocktail.

Let us tempt you… and try our Fernet Cola @ Home RESTO-BAR. We have a daily Happy Hour (2 X $30) from 7 to 9 pm.


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