Fernet and Coke: The Cocktail of Argentina
When traveling, I love to absorb the culture of my destination. Yes, of course, I want to see the tourist sites but I also like to mingle with the locals, sample the local cuisine, and sample (indulge in) the regional cocktails.
Argentina is known for a cocktail named the Fernando- a mix of Fernet Branca and Coke. It is a long drink with origins in Italy. For some reason, Fernet seems to keep popping up in my travels- while living in Albania, I was told that you should drink Fernet for any and all stomach ailments.
Fernet Branca and Coke has become so popular since the 1980s introduction, that Argentinians consume 75% of Fernet globally! That being the case, they must have the best gastric health in the world! In 2020, fernet con coca became the first Argentine drink to be recognized as an IBA official cocktail and it is listed under the name “Fernandito” in the “new era drinks” category.
In pop culture, the drink has also gained popularity in music. Vilma Palma e Vampiros mentioned the drink in a song with the lyrics “I do not want to end up in a cell without my fernet con coca“.
If you’ve never tried this Argentine cocktail, you are in for a fantastic treat! The sugar of Coke mixes perfectly with the bitterness of the Fernet-Branca resulting in a very easy and very delicious cocktail!
So, how do we make this concoction?
FERNET BRANCA AND COKE RECIPE:
- Fernet Branca
- Coke (I use Mexican Coke since it is a bit sweeter made using can sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup)
MIXING YOUR DRINK:
- Fill your glass with ice
- Pour in 2 ounces of Fernet Branca
- Add 4 ounces of Coke
- Stir and Enjoy!
In a previous article, I wrote about Asado, the Argentine grilling technique. I urge you to fire up your grill, have a cocktail, and enjoy an Argentinian-style day!
Until next time, friends, remember: “To Travel is to Live!”