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Bitters Cocktails

Eva Peron 1 ounce Fernet VALLET 1 ounce Carpano Antica sweet vermouth 1 ounce King’s Ginger liqueur 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce ginger beer — Lime wheel, for garnish   Instructions: Combine the Fernet, vermouth ginger liqueur and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice; shake 15-20 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass with fresh […]


A Brief History of Bitter Elixirs

by Forrest Cokely Plants and their derivatives have been utilized throughout history to cure illness or relieve physical symptoms. In ancient times each culture and society had a variety of different understandings with regard to plants and their medicinal properties. That knowledge naturally evolved from shamen, tribal leaders, witch doctors, monks, philosophers and other prominent […]

What is Fernet?

Fernet is an aromatic, herbaceous and bitter spirit made from a number of herbs and spices which vary between different brands. Usually more bitter and less sweet than other Amari, fernets often include rhubarb, chamomile, and cardamom among others roots, herbs and spices, and are distilled on a base of grape distilled spirits. Traditionally served as a digestif after a meal, in the modern era fernet is […]


Coming to a Cocktail Bar Near You: Mexican Fernet

Jake Lustig might have noticed the drink in a scuffed-up old bar in Guadalajara, a taverna called Los Famosos Equipales, the kind of place where tourists rarely go. Maybe it was the Nalga Rosa, or Pink Ass Cheek: rum, vodka, grenadine, orange Fanta, and three or four drops of something black like coffee, in a […]

The History of Vallet Bitters

Monsieur Henri VALLET emigrated to Mexico from France during the brief reign of Maximilian, the ill-fated French monarch who was deposed by Mexican nationalists three short years after his 1864 ascent as Emperor of Mexico.  Like other French émigrés of the era, Mnsr. Henri VALLET chose to remain in his adopted homeland, and by the […]