Monday, October 4, 2010

fernet buck

1 1/2 oz Fernet Branca
1 oz Lime Juice
1 dash Aromatic Bitters

Shake with ice and pour into a copper mug or highball glass. Top with ~4 oz ginger beer (AJ Stephans) and add a straw.

Even after taking my time with the first drink, my large dinner was still weighing heavy on me and I decided that I needed a digestif. The drink off of Deep Ellum's menu that seemed perfect for the occasion was the Fernet Buck for both Fernet Branca and ginger beer are great for settling one's stomach. Moreover, ordering a shot of Fernet with a ginger beer back used to be a quite popular combination a few years ago before people eschewed the flavor complementation in favor of the more expedient and often communal shot ritual.
When I ordered one from bartender Jennifer Salucci, she apologized that all of the copper mugs were being used so she would have to make one in a highball glass. The Buck was crisp lime on the sip followed by a dry ginger flavor and lingering menthol note. While there were no great surprises with the drink's flavor profile, it was quite an enjoyable drink. Indeed, the Fernet Buck was the digestive aid that the doctor ordered!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Fernet and ginger ale combo comes from San Francisco tradtion - we've been drinking Fernet since before Prohibition. I think we account for like a quarter of the Fernet consumed in the U.S.

Like all trends, its goes from West to East. ;p