Though it was born back in 1845, over the years Fernet-Branca has successfully preserved the personality and uniqueness that have conquered Europe and America alike.
The Branca family continues to own and oversee the production of Fernet-Branca through the Fratelli Branca Distillerie S.r.l. of Milan. Today, Fernet-Branca is the world’s most popular digestivo, with more than two million cases sold worldwide every year.
Its secret formula, passed down from father to son in the Branca family, has guaranteed the protection of the quality that still makes it the digestive bitter liqueur par excellence. Indeed, the 27 herbs it contains come from four continents: aloe comes from South Africa, rhubarb from China, gentian from France, galingale from India or Sri Lanka, chamomile from Italy or Argentina, just to name a few. On top of that there are flowers, herbs, roots and plants used for alcoholic brews, extracts and teas that, blended in a special mixture, produce the beneficial properties of the product.
Fernet-Branca ages for at least one year in oak barrels and has a light brown color with amber hues. Its aroma is intense and penetrating, balanced and rich.
Thanks to its history, authenticity and unique taste, Fernet-Branca has managed to live on through the decades, always reinventing its modern character. It definitely has a place in the heart of its admirers, who know well that a product like this never fails to live up to expectations.
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Select an Expression
NOSE: Herbal with electric notes of anise, bitter orange, citrus, saffron, spice and mint
PALATE: Citrus marmalade flavor complemented by a blend of butterscotch, graham cracker and cocoa
FINISH: Sweet and powerful accented by espresso and campfire notes
Try Fernet-Branca in Three Sips:
Bring the glass to your mouth and experience all the nuances and complexities that Fernet-Branca has to offer in three sips.
1) Take the first sip and pause a few seconds to introduce yourself to the decisive bitter tone of the colombo, aloe, and the unmistakable character of the gentian
2) The second sip will reveal the distinct spiced flavors of zedoary (from the ginger family) and the full flavor of chamomile
3) The overall richness of Fernet-Branca is not revealed until the third and final sip when the balanced bitter aftertaste prevails over the spicy tones of myrrh
Some of the most popular ways to serve Fernet-Branca are listed below, but these are by no means the only possibilities. While this is a brand rich in heritage dating back to 1845, it has entered a new phase in its life as a cocktail and you are one of the pioneers. We look forward to what you create.
The most popular way to drink Fernet-Branca in the U.S. is a shot of Fernet-Branca followed by a shot of ginger ale. This is usually the drink of choice until enough courage is worked up to do a shot without a chaser.
¾ oz. Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
¾ oz. Sipsmith London Dry Gin
¼ oz. Fernet-Branca
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
1 oz. Fernet-Branca
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
½ oz. Triple Sec
Squeeze of Lime
Combine all ingredients, shake and strain. Serve over ice.
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