Something Bitter This Way Comes

1 12 oz Rye
1 oz CioCiaro
12 oz Sweet vermouth, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
14 oz Fernet Branca
2 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
1 pn Salt (kosher)
Stir, strain, cocktail glass. Orange peel garnish.
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A bit sweeter than I prefer.

A bit sweeter than I prefer. I added 1/2 oz dry vermouth (and I used Punt e Mes). I think I'd try it with just the dry vermouth next time, or scale back the sweet quantities.

christina in tacoma's picture

I had my bartender make this

I had my bartender make this for me tonight since I don't have the vermouth (but will soon, since it is absolutely delicious!)- I enjoyed this quite a bit and will make it again. I think it might also be good with a bit less CioCiaro so that the vermouth has more of a presence.

Zachary Pearson's picture

I don't think they're similar

I don't think they're similar - Amer Picon is heavy and caramelly, like Ramazzotti or other dark amaro. The Amer Nouvelle (IIRC) is a lighter spirit designed to show off the orange and gentian in a more neutral base. I'm getting them when they come to Texas, and will taste them side by side.