Fernet About Frisco

Photo by Jon Estrada

Photo by Jon Estrada

Earlier this year, STK (“Not Your Daddy’s Steakhouse”) in the Cosmopolitan declared war on the city of San Francisco—specifically, on its Fernet Branca-drinking community. You see, the Italian amaro has a bit of a following in the restaurant industry (think mother’s milk), and San Fran has long been the dominant consumer. But that could very well change as STK is on pace to out-Branca Branca’s No. 1 seller, Tempest Bar. While shots have done much of the heavy lifting for STK— $3 from 5:30-7 p.m. Sun-Thu and 11 p.m.-midnight nightly; $2 from midnight to close—the company-wide signature cocktail, Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan ($18, made with Bulleit bourbon, Fernet Branca and Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth) has certainly helped.

Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan
As served at STK in the Cosmopolitan, $18

In a mixing glass, combine 2 ounces Bulleit bourbon, ½ ounce Fernet Branca, ½ ounce Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth, a two dashes each of Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters. Fill with ice, stir for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with three Luxardo cherries.


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