Root of All Evil

2 oz Bourbon
34 oz Grand Marnier
12 oz Fernet Branca
12 oz Maraschino Liqueur
2 ds Orange bitters, Regans' orange bitters
1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish
From other users
  • Very good. A bit sweet, so I added the 1/4 oz of Lemon. Also might be better with rye. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • I made it with Cointreau and used just slightly less of each of the liqueurs - truly delicious! — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Widow Jane Bourbon — ☆☆☆☆☆
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I love this drink! This is

I love this drink! This is the drink that made me fall in love with Fernet. The first time I made it, I halved the fernet because it was just too strong of a flavor for me. In fact it was polarizing. I hated it, but wanted to love it. Now, Fernet is one of my favorite amaros to mix. Fernet will grow on you if you give it a chance. Really great drink!

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I love Fernet and have had a

I love Fernet and have had a fair amount of experience with it, and I still feel halving it for this drink is probably a good idea. Really good as it is, though.

This really is great, but I

This really is great, but I thought the non-bourbon ingredients were all a bit too much. I prefer 1/2 oz Cointreau, 3/8 oz Fernet, 1/4 oz Maraschino. You still hit all the notes, but it's a little less sweet and the Fernet stays behaved. Also prefer a higher proof bourbon here, such as Knob, but in truth that's almost always what I prefer in Manhattan variants like this.

I second that, higher proof

I second that, higher proof bourbon improves this. I do 1/2 oz dry Orange Curaçao, 1/2 oz Fernet, 1/4 oz Maraschino. A generous piece of orange peel is also really good, I usually cut a long spiral out with a channel knife over the drink.