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25 Easy Mixed Drinks with Fernet-Branca and More

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Oriana Leckert | June 21, 2018
More than two dozen delicious drinks — all with four ingredients or fewer.

Looking for some easy ways to enjoy Fernet-Branca? Look no further. We’ve rounded up a wide variety of excellent drinks that promise to please and are surprisingly simple to make, all with four ingredients or fewer.

Whether you’re in the mood for an icy-cool cocktail or a milky-smooth treat, we’re certain that everyone will find a mixed drink recipe here they’ll enjoy.

Fernet-Branca Daiquiri

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Fernet-Branca
  • ¾ part lime juice
  • ½ part demerara syrup

How to make it:

Layer ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into daiquiri glass and garnish with lime.

Gin Fernet Cocktail

Ingredients:

How to make it:

Combine in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange peel.

La Branca

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Fernet-Branca
  • 1 part tequila
  • ½ part lime juice
  • 3 ½ parts ginger beer

How to make it:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with fresh ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Eggnog Fernet

Ingredients:

How to make it:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Serve in a pint glass, garnished with nutmeg.

Fernet-Branca Amaretti Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Fernet-Branca
  • ½ part amaretto liqueur
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream

How to make it:

Place all ingredients in a blender. Add ice as desired and blend for 30–45 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a milkshake glass and garnish with crushed amaretto cookies.

The Black Lily

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Fernet-Branca
  • 1 ½ parts orange-flavored liqueur
  • ¾ part lime juice

How to make it:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain and serve over ice in a rocks glass.

Fernet and Cola

Ingredients:

How to make it:

Fill a pint glass with ice and layer cola and Fernet-Branca. Stir well and garnish with a lime wedge.

Bourbon Fernet Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • ¼ part Fernet-Branca
  • 1 ½ parts bourbon
  • ¾ part sweet vermouth

How to make it:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir vigorously for approximately 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Fernet Float

Ingredients:

  • 2–3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 parts Fernet-Branca
  • 1 bottle cola

How to make it:

Add ice cream to a sundae glass, pour in Fernet-Branca, and top with cola. Garnish with candied almonds.

Fernet and Ginger Beer

Ingredients:

How to make it:

Fill a glass with ice, add Fernet-Branca, and top with the ginger beer. Squeeze orange into drink and stir lightly. Garnish with orange rind.

Bitter Herb Cocktail

Ingredients:

How to make it:

Shake gin and Fernet-Branca with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with a sparkling wine and garnish with an orange twist.

King Cohen

Ingredients:

  • 1 dash Fernet-Branca
  • 2 parts blended scotch
  • ½ dash simple syrup

How to make it:

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into an old-fashioned glass with very little ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or orange.

Wine-a-Rita

Ingredients:

  • 6 parts white wine
  • 2 parts margarita mix

How to make it:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10–15 seconds. Pour into a wine glass with ice. Garnish with lime.

Fernet Ahoy

Ingredients:

  • 4 parts cherry-vanilla soda
  • 1 part Fernet-Branca
  • 2 dashes lime juice

How to make it:

Pour ingredients into a glass tumbler with ice. Stir lightly and garnish with a lime wedge.

Blueberry Muffin

Ingredients:

  • 6 parts lemonade
  • 1 part blueberry vodka

How to make it:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10–15 seconds. Pour into a pint glass with ice. Garnish with blueberries on the bottom.

Grape Martini

Ingredients:

  • 5 parts white grape juice
  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part sweet vermouth

How to make it:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10–15 seconds or until the shaker fogs. Strain into martini glass and garnish with grapes on a toothpick.

Fernet Russian

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Fernet-Branca
  • 3 parts mocha-flavored iced cappuccino
  • 1 part vodka

How to make it:

Combine ingredients and stir well. Serve in an old-fashioned glass with ice. Drizzle chocolate syrup on top as a garnish.

Mint Chocolate Highball

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Fernet-Branca
  • 6 parts chocolate milk
  • 2 parts mint liqueur

How to make it:

Combine ingredients and stir well. Serve in a highball glass with ice. Garnish with whipped cream and crushed chocolate mint candies.

Orange Cream Soda

Ingredients:

  • 5 parts orange soda
  • 2 parts whipped vodka

How to make it:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10–15 seconds or until shaker fogs. Strain into a tumbler and garnish with an orange slice.

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts lemon-lime soda
  • 2 parts whipped vodka
  • 1 dash strawberry puree

How to make it:

Shake vodka with strawberry puree vigorously. Strain over soda into a martini glass and stir lightly. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

Dirty Shirley

Ingredients:

  • 5 parts lemon-lime soda
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 dash grenadine

How to make it:

Combine ingredients and stir lightly. Serve over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries.

The Sunrise

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 2 parts orange juice
  • 1 part lemon-lime soda

How to make it:

Layer ingredients over ice and stir lightly. Serve in an old-fashioned glass garnished with an orange slice.

GinGin Fernet

Ingredients:

How to make it:

Layer ingredients over ice and stir lightly. Serve in an old-fashioned glass garnished with a lime slice.

Cream Dream

Ingredients:

How to make it:

Layer ingredients over ice and stir lightly. Serve in an old-fashioned glass garnished with whipped cream.

Grown-Up Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle sweet Italian dessert wine
  • 3 parts lemonade
  • Raspberries

How to make it:

Combine wine and lemonade into large pitcher and stir well. Pour into wine glasses over ice. Add raspberries and garnish with a lemon slice.

And there you have it! These 25 mixed drinks are a breeze to make and a pleasure to enjoy, whether you’re having a relaxing nightcap or a rousing get-together with friends. With this variety of refreshingly delicious yet surprisingly simple mixed drinks, you’re sure to find your new favorite — and a favorite for each of your friends, too.

Oriana Leckert is a writer, editor, cultural hipstorian [sic], and the author of Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture & Creativity. Her writing has appeared on Slate, Atlas Obscura, New York Post, Matador, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Curbed, Brooklyn Magazine, Brooklyn Based, and more.

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