These came in while I was away on vacation:
Tag Archives: FERNET-BRANCA
Today was Lena Horne’s birthday.
I don’t know whether there’s a Lena Horne cocktail or not, but I did find two different cocktails called Stormy Weather:
Stormy Weather seemed appropriate for today because of the song, film and album associated with Lena Horne.
I found the following Fernet-Branca-based recipe on a site called From Absinthe To Zombie:
Charles Schumann, 1980
•3/4 Fernet Branca
•3/4 oz. dry vermouth
•1/4 oz. white crème de menthe
Stir well over crushed ice or cubes in a small highball glass.
Instead of stirring, I shook this drink. It has a strong mint flavor, obviously, from both the Fernet and the creme de menthe. It definitely would work as an after dinner drink. I’ll have to try it again tomorrow, but stir it instead to see whether the ice chunks from shaking made that big of a difference.
Another Stormy Weather:
About This Drink:
I found this drink on The Washington Post‘s website: An original recipe for a Yellow Tail shiraz cocktail created by mixologist Trudy Thomas in Scottsdale, Ariz.
•1.5 oz dark rum
•1.5 oz shiraz
•1/2 oz lime juice
•1/4 oz agave nectar
•1 dash Angostura bitters
Add all the ingredients except the ginger beer to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice and top with ginger beer.
Today I’m writing about the Prizefighter cocktail, keeping in theme with yesterday’s pugilist post.
Yesterday was Jack Dempsey’s birthday and I wrote a blog post about the Dempsey Cocktail, which can be found by clicking here.
Dempsey was not only a boxer. He opened a restaurant later in life and also appeared in the film The Prizefighter and the Lady:
The drink was created by bartender Nicholas Jarrett in 2010 and was included in the 75th anniversary edition of Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s Guide.
The following is from my Bar Notes page, which mirror’s Nick Jarrett’s post about the drink:
About This Cocktail:
I recently tried my hand at making Nicholas Jarrett’s Prizefighter No. 1 — an original from Clover Club, which I found the recipe for on the Bar Notes app.
•1 oz. Fernet Branca
•1 oz. Carpano Antica
•3/4 oz. simple syrup
•1/4 oz. lemon juice
•6-8 mint leaves
•3-4 lemon wedges
Muddle the lemon, mint and salt in the simple syrup. Combine the other ingredients in the tin, and whip shake the drink. Fine strain over crushed ice, and garnish with mint.
Still Thirsty For More?
—Read this post on Cocktail Virgin Slut. The proportions of the simple syrup and lemon juice have been modified in order to eliminate the lemon wedges from the equation. It definitely simplifies things a step. I made the drink this way as well yesterday… And cutting back on the simple syrup didn’t seem to hurt it.
—A write-up about Fernet on Cocktails & Cologne that mentions the Prizefighter.
And here’s another picture: