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Type Amaro bitters (fernet)
Manufacturer Fratelli Branca Distillerie
Country of origin Milan, Italy
Introduced 1845
Alcohol by volume 39%
Flavour Bitter

Fernet-Branca is a brand of fernet, which is a type of amaro or bitter herbal liqueur. Bernandino Branca invented the Fernet-Branca bitter in Milan, Italy in 1845.[1] The brand soon thereafter gained popularity, leading to the founding of the Fratelli Branca Distillery.

Intensely bitter since its inception in 1845, Fernet-Branca has been produced according to the original recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. The bitters are made from 27 herbs and other ingredients. The exact formula is a trade secret known only to the Fernet-Branca president, Niccolò Branca, who personally measures out the aromatics during the production process.

The same manufacturer also offers a sweeter, mint-flavored liqueur under the label Branca Menta.

Fernet-Branca is often consumed neat as a digestif, typically served in a cordial glass, or as a mixing component (usually supportive and not as the primary ingredient) in cocktails such as the "Toronto", the "Fanciulli", and the more prolific "Hanky Panky". Fernet-Branca has enjoyed a recent growth in popularity in the United States particularly due to an increase in the interest in and mixing/serving of "vintage" cocktails. In some Latin countries, like Uruguay and Argentina, it's usually mixed with Coca-Cola and served as "Fernet con Coca"

As a fernet, the beverage has a higher ABV (39%) and lower sugar content than most other amaros.[2]

In Popular Culture[edit]


  1. ^ "Fernet-Branca History". 
  2. ^ "The Fuss About Fernet-Branca". Drink Spirits. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Along With the Dark Knight, Fernet Branca Also Rises The Drink Nation. Retrieved November 03, 2015.
  4. ^ Drzal, Dawn (2015-12-18). "From a Tuscan Kitchen". New York Times (New York, NY). Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  5. ^ Christopher, Ross (2011-06-21). "Are Italian Digestifs the New Courvoisier? Check the Rap Dedicated to Fernet-Branca". Culture. Details Magazine. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 

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