October 27th, 2009

Fernet at the Franklin 11/5

fernet-posterThe eagle has landed. Boston imbibers, you’re invited to a joint drinkboston – Franklin Southie production: Fernet Branca Industry Night.

What: A festive gathering for industry and non-industry folk alike who are curious or passionate about the pungent, dark and mysterious digestif Fernet Branca. A special drink menu will feature Fernet cocktails by bartenders around Boston.

When: Thursday, November 5, 8:00 p.m. – last call.

Where: The Franklin Southie, 152 Dorchester Ave., South Boston.

Who: On the stick — Joy Richard, bar manager and head mixologist for the Franklin Southie and the Franklin Café, and founding member of LUPEC Boston; and Peter Cipriani, longtime bartender on the Boston scene (you may also know him from Silvertone and Stella). Joy’s original Fernet cocktail recipe will be joined by recipes from:

  • Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli – Craigie on Main
  • Misty Kalkofen – Drink
  • Josey Packard – Drink
  • Jackson Cannon – Eastern Standard
  • Emma Hollander – Trina’s Starlite Lounge

What else: Fernet cocktails $7. Fernet in ice shot glasses: $5. Fernet swag (get it while you can). No tickets or reservations required. Fernet, plus appetizer specials and the company of fellow Fernet fiends and curious cocktailians, are what it’s all about.

Remember to sign up for the drinkboston email list at drinkboston (at) comcast (dot) net to get announcements about upcoming events.

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9 Responses to “Fernet at the Franklin 11/5”

  1. Paul Irish

    Curious, will there be events that go out on the mailing list that are not featured on the blog?

  2. ljclark

    Good question, Paul. That has not been the case in the past, but it could be in the future.

  3. Adam

    Will there be any Branca Mentha in attendance?

    Unfortunately I’ll be out of town on the 5th. Would love to attend, as I go through periods of Fernet obsession from time to time.

  4. robmarais

    Fernet obsession is a way of life =)

    Speaking of which, a general amari tasting event would be fab. I have so much to learn about them, and would love a tour in that universe without having to slog through bottle by bottle. Averna is a syrupy, caramel-laden letdown; Lucano and Nardini are more interesting but no wow factor similar to Fernet Branca. Very interesting genre, this.

  5. Adam

    robmarais, aside from Fernet they’re all rather syrupy (at least, all I’ve found so far). I personally find Averna to be a bit more complex than Lucano, though I have to say I like them both. Actually, I haven’t met one yet that I didn’t enjoy. My current favorites are Amaro Mio and Amaro Nonino–both dangerously smooth. The Nonino might be a good bet for you if you’re willing to try another bottle–it’s a bit drier than most (but still quite sweet) and has a fairly complex profile (but still nowhere near Fernet in terms of raw power).

  6. robmarais

    I’ll have to hit up Cirace’s in the North End for more amari, and I’ll take your suggestion re Nonino. still mildly curious about others in the stronger set. BTW Cirace’s also seems to have every kind of grappa known to humankind, I’ve barely scratched the surface re that spirit but Cirace’s seems like a great place to learn.

  7. ljclark

    Hey, Adam & Rob: As far as I know, the focus is on Fernet Branca only, not Branca Menta. An amari tasting sounds like a fabulous idea — and a good excuse to do an event in the North End!

  8. eas

    This is not required reading, unless of course you enjoy a good dose of satire:


  9. ljclark

    eas, oh my! And they got the ominous tone just right on the cover.

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