All Jacked Up

1 oz Mezcal
1 oz Sweet vermouth
34 oz Apple brandy, Lairds 100 proof
14 oz Fernet Branca
14 oz Maraschino Liqueur
Stir, strain, serve over ice in a rocks glass with an apple fan as garnish.
From other users
  • Superb. The Fernet is quite subtle. A touch sweet. Maybe sub in some dry vermouth next time. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Made with Applejack. Nice apple-y fall drink. The smoke and fernet are used well, not overwhelming. — ☆☆☆
  • Maybe a little too smooth - needs a bite of something....More fernet? Second time around: Half sweet/half dry vermouth. Doubled the Fernet. Much improved! — ☆☆☆☆
  • 1/4 Ancho Reyes — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Very tasty - I actually agree that it may be a tad sweet, although it didn't bother me. I might try with .75 of the vermouth. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Works well with 0.75 oz sweet vermouth. — ☆☆☆☆
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An excellent drink"All Jacked

An excellent drink "All Jacked Up" is; but sweet, I think not. One person suggested reducing the sweet vermouth. I used Dolin sweet vermouth, and it was just right. Some sweet vermouth are very sweet (e.g., Cinzano). This is a drink where the brand of sweet vermouth will make a distinct difference.

Myself, I would not reduce the sweet vermouth with this drink, primarily because it would throw off the drink's balance. The drink would, I believe, have a smokier flavor, and the Fernet Branca would also, I believe, be more pronounced. As it is, everything is in its place. In short, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"


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Revised this drink just now

Revisited this drink just now after trying it a few years ago.  I agree with others, it's riding right up to the line of being too sweet (using a house vermouth blend of CAF, Cocchi di Torino & Alessio), but the ingredients are so well integrated it didn't bother me.  As others said, the cocktail nerd in me perhaps wants something more intensely flavored (I would probably look to add a dash of bitters, say Dale's Pimento, or a rinse/atomizer spray of something, before changing the ratios), but for the average customer, this is a great introduction to some typically intense ingredients.