Grapefruit Fernet Cooler

by James Stevenson

A few years back I made my way over to Argentina and was very interested in the cocktail scene especially with their use of Fernet Branca. I drank a lot of Fernet and coke but left Argentina wanting to experiment with Fernet in other cocktails. So, I started drinking a lot of Fernet cocktails out at bars in Seattle. Some of these included Fernet mixed with Mezcal, Tequila, Rum, and Bourbon. Being from the south my pick was always Fernet and bourbon.

, Grapefruit Fernet Cooler

The recipe below uses a Rye Bourbon which highlights the flavors of the grapefruit and bourbon. I added a bit of Grand Marnier which complements the citrus flavor. I favor cocktails that can also be made in large quantities for parties such as a punch. This Fernet cocktail would serve great as a punch and grapefruit slices could be added to give it a beautiful presentation. I hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as I did! Salud!

, Grapefruit Fernet Cooler


  • 2 ounces of rye bourbon
  • 1 ounce of Grand Marnier
  • 1 ounce of Fernet Branca
  • ½ grapefruit, juiced
  • ¼ cup of club soda
  • 1 cup of ice

Garnish: Grapefruit slices


  1. Fill glass with bourbon, Grand Marnier, Fernet, and grapefruit juice.
  2. Stir contents until they are completely mixed
  3. Fill serving glass with ice
  4. Pour mixture into serving glass and top with club soda
  5. Garnish grapefruit slices

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