Yeah, the name’s a little suspect. But the drink itself is quite serious. It’s credited to bartender Ada Coleman with an origin date around 1925. Ada was head bartender of the American Bar at London’s Savoy Hotel, and with this drink, she was really onto something. With three simple ingredients that you can find at your local liquor store, it’s dry, herbaceous, sweet and bitter.
So go ahead and mix one up at home. Or try ordering one at the bar. You probably won’t get slapped.
1.5 oz dry gin
1.5 oz sweet vermouth
1 barspoon Fernet-Branca
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and stir with ice until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.