Nips: Fernet Branca

The city of San Francisco consumes almost fifty percent of the Fernet Branca imported into the United States, but it’s not the kind of thing you drink while buying a Property of Alcatraz sweatshirt, or while fending off West Nile infected seagulls at Fisherman’s Wharf, or picking up a Penguin Classic copy of On the Road at City Lights Bookstore. You’re supposed to drink it on a Sunday morning at Ocean Beach while illegally fishing for Dungeness Crab with a few old Chinese guys as hungover as you are; on a Saturday afternoon in Dolores Park while trying to ignore the thwack of tennis balls and keeping an eye out for the pot truffle guy; on a Wednesday night while lying in bed and discussing whether Sutro Tower could fall over and pin you to your bed, squirming and bleeding, during a massive earthquake.

It tastes like the poison that the wicked queen used to try and kill Snow White. In San Francisco it’s traditional to order it with a ginger ale back but, hell, let your freak flag fly.

—Arlo Crawford

4 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. TAINI

    SAN FRANCISCO PEOPLE SHOULD TRY THE ARGENTINE STYLE Fernet Branca. THE MIX IS: % 25 OF Fernet Branca AND % 75 OF COCA COLA

  2. taini

    @TAINI As an argentinean, I have to say that your´s is one pussy ass fernet. Should be 30% – 70 % or 40 % – 60%. That way you get a nice bitter flavour instead of coke´s sweetness.

  3. grondo

    @TAINI As an argentinean, I have to say that your´s is one pussy ass fernet. Should be 30% – 70 % or 40 % – 60%. That way you get a nice bitter flavour instead of coke´s sweetness.

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