Fernet-Branca Gin Cocktail

(based loosely on  Blackfriar Cocktail served at Restaurant d'Orsay in Orlando, Florida)
Course Aperitivo, Drinks
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce demerara or turbinado sugar syrup*
  • 1/4 ounce Fernet-Branca or more if you dare
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon zest garnish cut with a vegetable peeler


  1. Stir together the gin, sugar syrup, Fernet-Branca and lemon juice. Pour over ice cubes in a short glass. Garnish with lemon zest.

Recipe Notes

* To make the syrup: Combine 1/4 cup demerara or turbinado sugar with 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Cool; leftover syrup can be stored indefinitely in the refrigerator.