We’ve mentioned our enjoyment of Fernet before on this blog. It’s incredibly bitter, but incredibly delicious, and it’s a great illustration of how a great cocktail works. It’s an ingredient that I enjoy (only occasionally) on the rocks, but an ingredient that makes Mary Katherine, and most reasonable people, recoil. Mixed in a cocktail, however, it can become that much-needed depth of flavor that creates perfection.
Some may say that Fernet is too trendy, too hipster-y, or that it’s time has passed. But I stand resolute in enjoying something that tastes good. Just because a food trend informs me about a great product, I don’t have to be ashamed about liking it because its part of that trend. In fact, we’ll perpetuate the trend, and encourage you to join us!
This particular cocktail is a great use of Fernet with an unexpected ingredient: tequila. Tequila is one of our favorite spirits, but usually it’s only paired with tropical or citrus fruits. As much as we like a good margarita, it’s really fun to take tequila out of its usual comfort-range of flavors and pair it with this bitter Italian liquor. Thanks to Mac and Jeff for passing along the recipe!
Recipe: Jalisco FC Cocktail
By the way, take a few minutes to watch this. You gotta love Billy Cosby, especially when he’s talking about Fernet.