It’s time for another Blind Pig Blog bonus post. We continue our series to celebrate The World Cup by raising our glass to the country of Argentina. Argentina is known for its amazing soccer teams and one of the world’s most beloved and famous players — Lionel Messi.
While watching The Cup, we drink as the Argentinians do by sipping on a Fernet and Coke, which has been rumored to be one of Messi’s favs!
Fernet Branca is an all natural aromatic bitter or amaro. Its highly herbal aroma and flavor comes from over 40 herbs, spices and roots which are gathered from 4 continents. Aloe ferox, chamomile, angelica, and saffron are just a few of the herbs and spices that make this unusual bitter. The original recipe was created in Italy in 1845, by Bernardino Branca and the family recipe is still a closely guarded secret to this day.
Bartenders and mixologists love Fernet. It is so popular within the service industry that it is called “The Bartender’s Handshake.” If you offer to do a shot of Fernet with the bartender, you will be fast friends.
The Argentinians love to drink a splash of Fernet with their Coca-Cola. In fact, they like it so much that Fernet Branca built its only distillery outside of Milan in Argentina. The strong flavor of the Fernet with its medicinal taste is not for everyone, but it is a taste that one can acquire. The sweetness of Coke or Diet Coke definitely helps.
To make a Fernet and Coke you fill a rocks glass with ice. Add an ounce and half of Fernet Branca. Top off the glass with Coke and enjoy.
Watching the World Cup this week? Craig will definitely be watching and sipping on his favorite spirit — Fernet Branca. Give a Fernet and Coke a try and let us know what you think!
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