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Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar Returns to NYC

As the saying goes, “everything old is new again”, and this perfectly describes Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar, a celebration of the 20s-inspired cocktail bar. We had the pleasure of attending the Fernet-Branca X Eataly’s The Great Bitter Bar’s return to New York, the final leg on the multi-city tour. We were in for a night full of vintage, apothecary cocktails (slightly modernized) created by the event’s mixologist, Kenyon Aubin Oster.

Everyone loves a great pop-up bar and Eataly USA brought the best of vintage cocktails and the amazing The Great Bitter Bar, across the U.S.! Cocktail lovers were able to follow the spirited “Grand Tour” to experience these exclusive signature cocktails created by Eataly and its bitter producers such as Fernet-Branca, who shares the values of tradition and quality as the eatery. Paired with some of Eataly’s most delicious pizzas, we enjoyed five amazing cocktails, Fernet-Branca-style.

Inspired by the roaring 20s and the Art Nouveau period, The Great Bitter Bar is a pop-up bar that will be hosted at all Eataly USA locations during the year. The menu is dedicated to vintage, apothecary cocktails with the iconic herbal flavors of Fernet-Branca, which has been crafted according to a secret family recipe in Milan since 1845. The Great Bitter Bar held its final pop-up bar experience in the Big Apple at Eataly NYC Downtown. The cocktails, pictured below, included the Ferneta-groni, the Toronto, Fernet Me Not, Fernet Cola, and the Milano 75.

While they were all unique and delicious in their own way, we had an absolute favorite. But first, let us tell you about each cocktail. We love Negroni (our Negroni Week activities prove that), so we love this more robust version which for lack of a better word, seemed more masculine than the classic Negroni; sweet cocktail fans will love the slight syrupy sweetness of the Toronto; love ginger beer? Then the Fernet Me Not is for you. We loved the refreshing effervescence and subtle sweetness of this cocktail; if you love a cocktail that really plays up the herbal-ness of Fernet-Branca, the Fernet Cola, made with the famed Italian cola, Mole Cola; lastly is the Milano 75, the Italian version of the French 75. This was our favorite cocktail by far; deliciousness in a glass and a cocktail we’d love to have again….soon.

The pop up launched at the beginning of this year at Eataly NYC Flatiron on January 29th and ran until February 11th. In Chicago, the bar made its Midwest debut from March 19th to April 1st; it was at Eataly in Boston from May 14th – 27th and Eataly L.A. took place from June 18th – June 30th.

Each location featured a specially crafted cocktail unique to that city. We thoroughly enjoyed the Ferneta-groni. The recipe for this not-so-classic take on the classic Negroni cocktail is below:

1 1/2oz of Malfy Gin Originale
1 1/2oz of Carpano Antica Formula
1 oz of Fernet-Branca
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Italy to Brooklyn: Campari America Liqueurs Fall Cocktails at August Laura

So many wonderful alcohol and cocktail posts to do, and so little time. It’s been a tailspin of cocktail experiences over the past few weeks, it’s almost hard to keep up. we recently had the pleasure of experiencing a barrage of delicious Italian fall cocktails at the newly opened Italian cocktail bar, August Laura, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. What better spirits to celebrate this wonderful new Italian cocktail bar with than these Italian Campari America liqueurs: Campari, Aperol, Cynar, Frangelico, etc.

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To celebrate the fall season, we had a chance to indulge in a few of August Laura’s new fall cocktail offerings, all of which are made with the bitter liqueurs from the Campari America, all of which are authentic to Italy.

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We got to enjoy five Fall inspired Italian cocktails (their recipes are featured below): The Passport, Fall into Italy, Carciofi Shandy, Italian Bird, and So It Appears. These perfect seasonal cocktails feature several of the Campari America Liqueurs: Campari, an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water; Averna, a Sicilian Amaro that boasts a bittersweet taste, carrying hints of orange and licorice, balanced with notes of myrtle, juniper berries, rosemary and sage; Cynar, an artichoke-based bittersweet liqueur with a taste enriched by an infusion of 13 herbs and plants; and Aperol, a unique, bittersweet aperitif with a low alcohol content derived from a secret recipe.

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Italian Bird

.75 parts Campari
1.5 parts Appleton Rum
.5 parts Fino Sherry
.5 parts Honey Water
Pinch of Salt
Pineapple Sage
Garnish with an orange wedge

The Passport

1 part Campari
1 part White Vermouth
1 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 Lime
.5 Simple Syrup
Rhubarb Bitters
Top with soda, garnish with orange wedge and cucumbers

Fall into Italy

.75 parts Averna
.75 parts Cognac
.75 parts Appleton Rum
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 parts Simple Syrup
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
Garnish with an orange wedge

Carciofi Shandy

1.5 parts Cynar
1 part Apple Cider
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 parts Cinnamon Syrup
Top with Ginger Beer

So It Appears

1 part Aperol
1.5 parts Cinzano Prosecco
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 parts Soda Water
.5 parts Vanilla Syrup
Muddled Pear Slices
Top with prosecco. Garnish with a thin slice of pear

To indulge yourself in these wonderful fall cocktails, head over to the August Laura Italian cocktail bar, located at 387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY. Are you a fan of Italian liqueurs? What are your thoughts on the Campari America liqueurs and these fall cocktails?