1 1⁄2 oz Herbal liqueur, Jeppson's Malort
1 1⁄2 oz Sweet vermouth
1⁄8 oz Fernet Branca
1 twst Orange peel (As garnish)

Stir with ice, strain into a coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.


"Pleasure to me is wonder – the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability." – H.P. Lovecraft.


After making the Hocus Pocus that was a riff on the Hanky Panky, I began to contemplate other things that began with H & P. My mind soon drifted to the initials of the New England cosmic horror author H.P. Lovecraft, and that led me to Malört as the base spirit to represent the supernatural horror aspect. I dubbed this one the Ada Lovecraft as a nod to Ada Coleman who created the Hanky Panky at the Savoy Hotel bar.

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FRY 2021
Posted by yarm on 3/30/2021
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Frederic Yarm, Somerville, MA
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Do you have a suggestion on how to modify if I'm using Baska Snaps Med Malort rather than Jeppson's? I've never tried Jeppson, but the descriptions sound, um, unique. Would you decrease the sweet vermouth or change to dry or split sweet/dry, given that it sounds like BSMM is sweeter? Or is it so different that the combination just doesn't work? Many thanks.

yarm commented on 4/01/2021:

Baska has a touch more sugar than Jeppson's (if Jeppson's has any) so it seems less bitter. I would just sub it in and see how it works with your palate. It's been 3 1/2 years since I worked at a place with Baska.