For the uninitiated, Fernet-Branca is a digestif (that means alcohol that makes your stomach feel less crappy) that tastes roughly like ass and anise if you try to drink it alone. Imagine a strip of black licorice that’s been dragged under a semi for a few miles and then squeezed into a tiny cordial glass; that’s about what straight Fernet tastes like.
<br />Which begs the question: why would anyone put it in a cake? Well, despite it’s more tire-like qualities it plays pretty nice with a glass of coke, and even better with chocolate. In other words, it’s the liquor equivalent of the curmudgeonly old man down the street who spends the day yelling at kids, but forms a special relationship with that one boy who reads him the paper because he’s blind. Insert your favorite hallmark original movie about an old person with a heart of gold or whatever; it works.
<br />So when you take some classic coke, a ton of cocoa powder, and a bit of that bitter Fernet, tell them all to hold hands and get along in the stand mixer. You’ll get a real, real tasty game of ring-around-the-rosie happening in your kitchen, trust me.
Fernet apple hot toddy
A hot toddy recipe with unfiltered apple cider, dark rum, and Fernet-Branca, with lemon juice, angostura bitters, and honey syrup.