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Unveiling the Secrets: What's Fernet Made Of?

March 19, 20243 min read

Have you ever wondered what gives Fernet its unique and captivating flavor? This Italian bitter liqueur has been intriguing taste buds around the world for centuries. Join us on a journey as we uncover the secret ingredients that make up this beloved spirit. From aromatic herbs to exotic spices, Fernet's recipe is a carefully guarded secret that adds to its allure.

Original Fernet Hunter Cocktails in branded cups

The Essence of Fernet

Fernet is a type of amaro, a bitter and aromatic spirit that originated in Italy. Distillers craft amaro using a combination of herbs, spices, and botanicals. They carefully select each ingredient to create a harmonious and complex flavor profile. While different amaro may vary in recipe among different brands, there are some key ingredients commonly found.

Crafting Complexity: Key Ingredients to make (most) Fernet

Dried Herbs and Spices

1. Myrrh: This resinous ingredient adds a distinct earthy and balsamic note to Fernet. It contributes to the overall complexity and depth of flavor.

2. Rhubarb: Known for its tartness, rhubarb brings a refreshing and slightly sour element to the mix. It balances out the bitterness and adds a touch of brightness.

3. Chamomile: The delicate floral aroma of chamomile lends a subtle sweetness and a hint of herbal complexity.

4. Cardamom: With its warm and spicy undertones, cardamom adds a slightly sweet and aromatic character.

5. Aloe: Aloe vera, known for its medicinal properties, contributes a unique herbal and slightly bitter taste to Fernet. It adds a touch of complexity and balance.

6. Saffron: This precious spice, derived from the crocus flower, infuses Fernet with its vibrant golden hue. It imparts a subtle floral and slightly bitter flavor.

The Base and Beyond

Distillers use distilled grape spirits as the base, selecting them to provide a smooth and neutral foundation. This allows the herbs and spices to shine through as the distillers infuse each botanical. To achieve the desired hue, distillers may additionally add caramel coloring. It's important to note that the exact recipe may vary between brands, as each has its own secret formula and unique twist.

For example, Fernet Hunter a fresh take on a classic Italian bitter. Master distiller at Fernet Hunter have carefully guarded this recipe dating back to the early 1900s. They craft the aromatic spirit using a select combination of botanicals chosen from plants found in and around the Austrian forest of Brunnwald. Including ingredients like Arnica, Orrisroot, and Lavender, the distillers strategically formulate the unique herbal blend.

Enjoying Fernet

Many people traditionally enjoy Fernet as a digestif beverage. They sip the aromatic liqueur neat at room temperature or over ice to aid digestion after meals.

Its complex and bitter flavor profile makes it a popular choice for cocktails, adding depth and complexity to mixed drinks. It's delicious in a classic cocktail or neat, this amaro offers a truly unique and captivating drinking experience. Here is a Fernet cocktail recipe:

Currantly Spritzing
Original Fernet Cocktail called Currantly Spritzing

60ml Fernet Hunter

20ml Blackcurrant Cordial

60ml Sparking Water

30ml Soda Water

Garnish: Berries, Mint Orange Twist

Method: Built

This cocktail is a refreshing and sophisticated blend featuring Fernet Hunter, blackcurrant cordial, sparkling wine, and soda water. With Fernet Hunter providing a robust herbal backbone, complemented by the sweet and tart notes of the blackcurrant cordial, it offers a well-balanced flavor profile. The addition of sparkling wine adds fizziness and complexity, while the soda water contributes a crisp and refreshing quality, especially when using high-quality soda water.

Garnished with three pieces of berries, a sprig of mint, and an orange twist which this cocktail is visually appealing and offers a delightful mix of flavors and aromas. For more Fernet cocktails click here.

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