Branca Menta is a digestif amaro invented in the mid 1960's when young drinkers began asking for mint syrup in their Fernet Branca. It contains peppermint and menthol in addition to the secret Fernet Branca herbal blend, and is 80 proof like Fernet Branca. In Texas, at least, Fernet Branca is easy to find, but Branca Menta is near impossible.
Branca Menta is a medium brown color and opaque. It's intensely minty, with not only mint, but the cooling effect of menthol as well. It's a step sweeter than Fernet Branca, which masks the firm bitterness, pushing it to the finish.
Both Branca Menta and Fernet Branca are popular in Argentina, where it's commonly mixed with Coca Cola. A good ratio to start with is 3 Coke:1 Branca Menta. Its strong mint/menthol flavors can be challenging to work into a cocktail.
Some popular cocktails containing Branca Menta
- El Chapulín — Branca Menta, Tequila, Crème de Cacao, Absinthe, Bitters, Mint
- The Noisy Cricket — Branca Menta, Crème de Cacao, Cream, Mint
- Christmas in Hell — Branca Menta, Becherovka, Cherry Liqueur, Lemon juice
- Praying Mantis — Branca Menta, Stout, Amaro, Dark Crème de Cacao, Mint Bitters, Whole egg
- Chartreuse Colada — Herbal liqueur, Jamaican rum, Branca Menta, Pineapple juice, Coconut cream, Mint
- Cabb — Apple brandy, Cynar, Bianco Vermouth, Branca Menta
- Thin Mint Stinger — Cognac, Virgin Islands Rum, Branca Menta, White Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao
- Egg Nug — Cynar, Jamaican rum, Branca Menta, Whole egg, Nutmeg
- Blizzard in Jalisco — Blanco tequila, Branca Menta, Suze, Soda water, Pineapple
- Pleasure and Pain — Batavia Arrack, Walnut Liqueur, Branca Menta, Bénédictine