Bartender’s Handshake: The Cult of Fernet-Branca, with Cocktail Recipes and Lore


SKU: 9781542723749 Category: Tag: Product ID: 1083402


It was Italian immigrants who first carried bottles of Fernet-Branca to the United States in their suitcases, introducing the distinctly bitter digestivo to unexpecting palates. Although most Americans weren’t sure what to make of it, Fernet became a rite of passage among bartenders. If a bartender poured a shot for a customer (usually another bartender) and another for themselves, it was called a “bartender’s handshake.” They began to recognize the spirit as eminently mixable, its bitter notes conspiring to balance sweetness, providing the energy or “bite” which causes a cocktail to sing, and informing many new mixed drinks. Offered here is an eclectic collection of 88 drink recipes crafted with Fernet-Branca, inspired by pre- and post-Prohibition classics to inventive notions developed in progressive cocktail programs. With this volume as trusted accomplice, the reader is invited to share in the sensory pleasures of Italy’s legendary elixir.

ISBN: 9781542723749
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Pub Date: 01/2017
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.29lbs
Size: 7.99h x 5.24w x 0.26d

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Weight 0.29 lbs
Dimensions 7.99 × 5.24 × 0.26 in