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Fratelli Branca

According to the research conducted by the folks at Tempus Fugit Spirits, the origin of fernets is a bit elusive. "The extremely bitter ... concoction has its origins most often attributed to Bernadino Branca, who commercialized it in 1845, but conflicting data conjectures its creator(s) as : a mythical doctor/collaborator of Branca from Sweden named Fernet (possibly as an off-shoot of the older and better tasting ‘Swedish Bitters’); Maria Scalia, the wife of Bernadino Branca who was a master herbalist and self-taught doctor; a monk named Frate Angelico Fernet who may have been responsible as the origin of many herbaltonics and elixirs (Fernet being a historical French Burgundy  surname - pronounced Fair-Nay- and which underwent many spelling transformations); and a modern Italian liquorist text-book reference to it having originated somewhere in Hungary." [Interview quote courtesy of Alcademics.]

The exact recipe of Fernet Branca is a secret but the producers, Fratelli Branca Distillerie, do say that it contains 27 different herbs and spices. Known ingredients include aloe, gentian root, rhubarb, gum myrrh, red cinchona bark, galanga and zedoary. Slightly viscous, menthol forward, and quintessential San Francisco.

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