The Bitter Smoke Cocktail

The Amaro Week cocktail series continues with The Bitter Smoke Cocktail, a riff on the Hanky Panky.

The Bitter Smoke Cocktail

Of all the Amari, Fernet-Branca is arguably the most divisive, hitting the top end of the bitter scale. Known as the bartenders’ handshake, it’s often enjoyed as a shot, preferably icy cold.

The Bitter Smoke Cocktail pays homage to a bartender who once made us this off the menu cocktail, when we asked for “something smoky, bitter and stirred”. We’re calling it The Bitter Smoke, a riff on the classic Hanky Panky using mezcal instead of gin. ⠀

For more information about amari, refer to the Essential Guide to Amaro.

The Bitter Smoke Cocktail Recipe


Glassware: Coupette


In a mixing glass stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled coupette with no garnish.

Other cocktails in the Amaro Week series: The Montevit, Rabo de Galo, White Negroni, The Bitter & Twisted Martini, Outback Galah, Black Manhattan, Rising Sun in Trinidad

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The Bitter Smoke Cocktail was last modified: September 30th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.