Drink Away Your Sadness With A 'Bitter Tears'

Photo: Claire Lower

My favourite nightcap is 30ml or so of Fernet, over ice, with a pinch of salt, but that drink signals the end of a good evening, not the start (or even the middle) of one. I want to be salty all night long — from beginning to the bitter end — so I decided to take that flavour profile and make it into a martini.

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This drink, which we call the “Bitter Tears”, is essentially a very cold glass of gin flavoured with bitter, herbaceous Fernet (instead of vermouth) and a few drops of saline (use a ratio of 1/2 a teaspoon of Maldon dissolved in 1 teaspoon of water).

It is not a drink for everyone, but it is a drink for people like me — people who like intensely boozy and bitter beverages and really dry martinis. To make one, you will need:

  • 75ml of gin
  • 15ml Fernet-Branca
  • 3 drops of saline

Add everything to a stirring class filled with ice and stir for quite some time (you want at least 60 stirs). Strain into a coupe glass, brace yourself and enjoy.


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