1 1⁄2 oz Bourbon, Bulleit
1 oz Campari
3⁄4 oz Cynar
1⁄4 oz Fernet Branca
2 ds Bitters, Bitter Truth Chocolate (Spiced Chocolate)
3 Cherry, Luxardo (As garnish)

Stir, rock, garnish with as many Luxardo cherries as possible.


This cocktail was created to celebrate the sale of a friend's debut novel, hence the name "Book Deal."

Cocktail summary
Picture of The Book Deal
Created by
Audrey C.
Is the
author's original creation

This drink is a variation on the Bookbinder found at: http://www.threesheetsmfg.com/home/2013/03/11/emails-bookbinder

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  • Made with 4 Roses, Gran Classico, mole bitters. Thought it might be overloaded but everything contributes (Fernet predictably in front). Sweet but balanced nicely.
  • A little bit of Fernet Branca causes a large amount of Campari and Cynar to taste like... Fernet Branca.
  • very dark strong and bittery with many things I love. I enjoyed it sitting outside with HB after a rain one evening in November.
  • Like falling into bitter sweet oblivion
  • Deep, spicy, lots going on.
  • Truly one of the best drinks I've ever had. — ★★★★★
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I've been looking for ways to ease into Fernet Branca and this is great. I'm all about Campari and Cynar and this all goes together wonderfully with the Fernet Branca coming in on the back end. 

Ajvan commented on 1/01/2020:

Found this looking for campari/bourbon combos, and the title caught my eye because my first book (deal) is due in early 2020. Delicious. Spicy, sweet, lots of nuance. 

Jmmrad commented on 2/23/2021:

First time I've mixed this but it won't be my last! Tasty

Was expecting it to be very sweet, but it's really not. Subbed in 50% mad river straight bourbon and 50% mad river burnt rock bourbon for a little more smoke