Asterley Bros unveils Britannica ‘London Fernet’


Britannica Fernet

London-based artisan spirits producer Asterley Bros has launched a “British twist” on a classic Italian fernet, created with 14 botanicals and porter beer.

Handmade in south London, Britannica Fernet, a bitter liqueur, has been three years in the making, and was part of an international tasting programme organised by Asterley Bros.

More than 1000 samples were sent to recipients worldwide to taste, critique and submit feedback at each stage of recipe development.

The final blend is created through a process maceration of organic spirit, myrrh, rosemary, cacao nibs, hazelnuts, cinchona, cinnamon and yarrow, before adding the porter.

James Berry, director and founder of Asterley Bros, said: “We think the UK is ready to drink more fernet. We wanted to create a style that wasn’t just for the devoted bitter enthusiast, but could be a little more approachable, for the wider public to enjoy.

“It was really important to us to be able to use London’s world renowned porter-style beer as it perfectly complements the botanicals in the fernet base and brings a rich, roasted malty complexity to the liqueur.

“By bringing together the classic botanicals of a fernet, and adding these new British elements, we have created our very own style, a ‘London Fernet’.”

Asterley Bros suggest serving Britannica in a classic Hanky Panky (recipe below), Espresso Martini or White Russian.

Hanky Panky
50ml ELLC, Batch 2 London Dry Gin
50ml Asterley Bros Estate Sweet Vermouth
10ml Asterley Bros Britannica London Fernet
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Britannica Fernet (40% ABV) is available online from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange, and to the trade via Speciality Drinks.

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