Celebrate Father’s Day with a Fernet Branca Collins

Looking for a cocktail to help dad feel special on his important day?  The Fernet Branca Collins is a perfect cocktail to mix up for dad.

This new twist on the traditional Tom Collins replaces the gin with Fernet Branca.   The herbal flavors of Fernet Branca paired with the citrus sweetness of lemon makes for a delicious summertime cocktail sipper for the patio or golf cart.

We’ve shared posts with you previously with Fernet Branca, such as,  the La Branca, Fernet and Coke, and the Fernet Hot Toddy (one of Rhonda’s favs).  You may remember that Fernet Branca is low in alcohol and high in flavor. Since Fernet Branca is one of Craig’s favorite amaros, we thought it was a perfect time to share the Fernet Branca Collins with you.

To make the Fernet Branca Collins you will need Fernet Branca, fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a printable version of our complete recipe.

Like most of our recipes, this is easy, tasty and fresh!  Mix one up today for dad (or mom) and let us know what you think.

Cheers to our Blind Pig Dad, Craig,  who we couldn’t imagine our world without! The piglets and I love you very much!

To all of the dads that come in many shapes and forms.  You are appreciated and you are loved!  Have an awesome Father’s Day!

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Drink responsibly.

Brrrr It’s Cold Outside….Have a Hot Toddy

When you think of winter you may think of snow, hot chocolate, and cold weather. Last week we shared our Snowed In cocktail with you as an ode to winter.  (How are you doing, friends in the Midwest?)  Sometimes winter isn’t so great.  It also brings with it cold and flu season, so this week want to share with you our Fernet Hot Toddy recipe.

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Have you tried a hot toddy before?  If not, this drink is a great drink to have when you feel like you are coming down with a cold or have a sore throat.  It is referred to as a popular home remedy for cold symptoms.  The hot liquid is very soothing to sore throats and honey is believed to have anti-bacterial properties.  We have shared Fernet Branca with you in our post Fernet About It.  Fernet Branca is an amaro that is made with 40 different herbs and spices.  Fernet was originally marketed as an herbal remedy, and when you sip our Fernet Hot Toddy you will understand why.  When we feel a cold coming on, we typically have a hot toddy before bed.  It is especially helpful when we get that weird tickle in the back of our throat.  The Fernet Hot Toddy creates a warm sensation on your insides that is comforting and relaxing.  However, you don’t have to be feeling ill to enjoy a Fernet Hot Toddy.  It is a wonderful beverage to enjoy on any cold dark winter night.

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There are many hot toddy recipes out there, but we prefer the Fernet Hot Toddy.  It has a wonderful herbal aroma and is a mix of interesting flavors.  To make the Fernet Hot Toddy you will need, rye whiskey (We used Templeton Rye.), Fernet Branca, tea, Angostura bitters, maple syrup, lemon, maple syrup and an orange slice and rosemary sprig for garnish. Brew your choice of tea, add the other ingredients and garnish.  Sip steaming warm wrapped up in your favorite blanket by a warm fire.

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You can substitute the maple syrup with honey or agave nectar.  We made ours with both maple syrup and honey.  Honey has properties that help soothe sore throats and may even fight bacteria. You may need to decide which flavor you like better.

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Try out the Fernet Hot Toddy this weekend, and let us know what you think!

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Look for our January bonus post coming sometime this week.

   

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

June Bonus Post: Fernet About It!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Disclaimer:  The beverage on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.