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|Type||Amaro bitters (fernet)|
|Manufacturer||Fratelli Branca Distillerie|
|Country of origin||Milan, Italy|
|Alcohol by volume||39%|
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. 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 Popular Culture
- Fernet-Branca is the drink of choice of Alfred Pennyworth (played by Michael Caine) in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.
- Bill Cosby has told stories of using a glass of the beverage to relieve a severe case of indigestion brought about by eating barbecued sparrow.
- The drink features in the comic novel Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson.
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