I was amused that I was a week out and still did not have a clue as to what I was going to make for my own theme. Most of the equal parts drinks I could think of off the top of my head I had already tried and written about before; therefore, I started looking. When local bartender Daren Swisher mentioned on Facebook that Imbibe Magazine had written about his Tom Terrific on their website, I checked out what other drinks were there. The one that caught my eye also appears in their The American Cocktail book that came out earlier this year called the Eva Péron by Darren Crawford of San Francisco's Bourbon & Branch.
Eva Péron served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952, and she was much loved such that the Argentinian Congress gave her the title of "Spiritual Leader of the Nation." Also much beloved in Argentina is Fernet Branca which has become their national drink. Most of the Fernet there is drank with Coca Cola or soda water. Here, in Crawford's tribute to the country, it is mixed with ginger beer. Since it appeared like a gussied up Fernet Buck, I was game to give this recipe a try.
Eva PéronThe lime wheel garnish added a brightness to the Fernet's menthol-herbal aroma in the drink. A sharp, carbonated lime sip led into a rather gingery swallow with a moderate Fernet menthol finish. Overall, it was sweeter and more complex than Deep Ellum's Fernet Buck but on a similar wavelength.
• 1 oz Fernet Branca
• 1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Cocchi)
• 1 oz Ginger Liqueur (King's)
• 1 oz Lime Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and 1 oz of ginger beer (AJ Stephans). Garnish with a lime wheel. I added a straw.