Something Bitter This Way Comes

1 12 oz Rye
1 oz CioCiaro
12 oz Sweet vermouth, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
14 oz Fernet Branca
2 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
1 pn Salt (kosher)
Stir, strain, cocktail glass. Orange peel garnish.
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A bit sweeter than I prefer.

A bit sweeter than I prefer. I added 1/2 oz dry vermouth (and I used Punt e Mes). I think I'd try it with just the dry vermouth next time, or scale back the sweet quantities.

christina in tacoma's picture

I had my bartender make this

I had my bartender make this for me tonight since I don't have the vermouth (but will soon, since it is absolutely delicious!)- I enjoyed this quite a bit and will make it again. I think it might also be good with a bit less CioCiaro so that the vermouth has more of a presence.

mahastew's picture

I just mixed a version with

I just mixed a version with Amer Picon in place of the CioCiaro and it is divine. Not too sweet in the least. 5/5.

christina in tacoma's picture

Um, I'm jealous :) I have

Um, I'm jealous :) I have been thinking about ordering the Bittermens Amere Nouvelle... Wonder how similar they are?

Zachary Pearson's picture

I don't think they're similar

I don't think they're similar - Amer Picon is heavy and caramelly, like Ramazzotti or other dark amaro. The Amer Nouvelle (IIRC) is a lighter spirit designed to show off the orange and gentian in a more neutral base. I'm getting them when they come to Texas, and will taste them side by side.



Made with 2oz Templeton Rye,

Made with 2oz Templeton Rye, Ramazzotti, and Antica Formula. A lovely drink to read with on a cool night.