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Fernet Branca

Pronunciation: [FAYR-nay BRAHN-kah]

Categories: Drinks

An extremely astringent, very brown Italian bitters. Long known as a digestif, Fernet Branca originated in Milan in the early 1800s. As with most such elixirs, Fernet Branca is made from a secret formula, but this one purportedly includes some 40 ingredients including rhubarb, chamomile and myrrh. Although many use this potable primarily as a hangover cure and stomach soother, Italians enjoy the 80 proof apéritif, either straight or on the rocks.

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