The Bartender (Old Fashioned Riff)

Fernet Old Fashioned


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The Bartender Old Fashioned riff is aptly named due to the cult-like following bartender’s have with this cocktail’s secondary ingredient, Fernet Branca. The Fernet adds herbal and menthol notes to a traditional old fashioned.

The Bartender (Old Fashioned Riff) Cocktail Recipe
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The Bartender (Old Fashioned Riff) Cocktail Recipe


  • 60mL Bourbon Whiskey
  • 7.5mL Fernet Branca
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Sugar Cube
  • Twist of Lemon


  1. Add the sugar cube to your double old fashioned glass
  2. Soak the sugar cube with two dashes of bitters
  3. Gently muddle the sugar into a paste (adding a barspoon of water is optional)
  4. Add the bourbon whiskey and Fernet Branca
  5. Fill glass with ice and stir for approx. 30 seconds
  6. Garnish with a twist of lemon

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