When I received a bottle of Fernet Branca Menta in the mail a few weeks ago I was immediately excited. Not surprisingly, (like most other bartenders), I love Fernet Branca – and the idea of its minty counterpart definitely piqued my curiosity. I was definitely not disappointed!
I decided to make this cocktail – a variation on the Last Word. My inspiration came from a cocktail I used to make for a regular at a bar where I used to work. He liked the Last Word with Amaro Menta, so that seemed like a perfect idea here.
The Fernet Branca Menta definitely has a sweeter profile than the Green Chartreuse, so I had to make some adjustments to the proportions to account for that. But I was really happy with the final product!
This picture stinks! I am so bummed I didn’t get a better one, but the cocktail was so good I rushed it so I could drink the darn thing. Whoops
The Last Menta
- 1 oz Tanqueray Gin
- 3/4 oz Fernet Branca Menta
- 1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino
- 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- Combine all ingredients.
- Shake to chill and dilute.
- Fine-strain into a coupe glass.
- Garnish with a brandied cherry and lime zest.