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Named after the Italian slang word for “the boys,” this riff on a Manhattan uses Fernet Branca—a divisively bitter Italian amaro—in lieu of Angostura bitters. While its origins are murky at best, the Fanciulli is a bonafide bitter classic. When building the drink, make sure to use an overproof rye whiskey like Rittenhouse or a bolder bourbon like Knob Creek, which can match the intensity of fernet.

The Essentials

Fernet Branca
Bar Spoon
The Details


2 oz Rye Whiskey (or Bourbon)
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
0.25 oz Fernet Branca


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
  • Add cubed ice and stir.
  • Using a julep strainer, strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
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