Fernet is a type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. Fernet is made from a number of herbs and spices which vary according to the brand, but usually include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and especially saffron,with a base of grape distilled spirits, and colored with caramel coloring.
It typically contains 45% alcohol by volume. It may be served at room temperature or on the rocks (with ice).
“like black licorice-flavored Listerine”
A mint-flavored version of fernet is also available.
In Argentina, fernet is the liquor for all occasions. Grandparents swear by the herbal libation; the young heading out into the night mix fernet with cola and then order it en masse at bars and clubs.
In 2008, San Francisco accounted for 25% of US consumption.
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