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You won’t find many cities with as strong an affinity for Fernet-Branca as San Francisco. Like the generations of Italian Americans that call the city home, locals sip the bitter and bold Italian amaro, which is a staple ingredient in cocktails found across San Francisco, straight as a digestif or followed by a chaser of ginger ale. One of 50 recipes featured in Imbibe's book The American Cocktail, this cocktail (whose name is inspired by another Fernet-loving culture: Argentina) combines the classic combo of Fernet and ginger for a potent cocktail that proves bitter can in fact be bella.
1 oz. Fernet-Branca
1 oz. Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
1 oz. ginger liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. ginger beer
Tools: cocktail shaker, strainer
Garnish: lime wheel
Combine the Fernet-Branca, sweet vermouth, ginger liqueur and lime juice in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with the lime wheel.
Darren Crawford, Bourbon & Branch, San Francisco, California