1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Fernet Branca
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2 sprig Mint
1 pinch Salt
Shake with ice and double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint sprigs and add straws.
Two Thursdays ago, I stopped into Spoke and asked bartender Daniel for the Prizefighter. Offshift Spoke bartenders California Gold and Sam Karachi described to me how the drink was created by Nick Jarrett at a recent Tales of the Cocktail. The original called for muddled lemon wedges but the staff at Spoke decided to simplify the recipe for expediency purposes. Once mixed, the mint bouquet contributed greatly to the nose. A lemon, grape, and caramel sip led into Fernet Branca swallow that was modulated by the Carpano Antica and was followed by mint notes.
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