But the Moscow variety has just gotten an update.
At Downtown LA’s new Officine Brera, they’re freshening up the classic drink with a float of fernet and a sluice of ginger syrup—the bitter backbone of the former playing a nice foil to the sweetness and heat of the latter.
Luigi Capasso, the restaurant’s head mixologist, cites the influence of his alchemist grandmother on this drink: “Amaros were thought of as homemade potions. She used to make herbal tea anytime someone would have an upset stomach. The tea was composed mostly of cinchona, cardamom, chamomile and ginger—ingredients you can find in fernet and other amaros (minus the ginger). I wanted to recreate that ‘elixir’ feeling.”
And all Grandma ever gave us was Werther’s Originals...
Anyway, to the drink.
2 oz vodka
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz ginger syrup*
1 float fernet
Combine first three ingredients in a collins glass with ice. Top with soda and a float of fernet, then garnish with mint.
1 part ginger juice
2 parts white sugar
Blend juice with sugar and it’s ready to use.