Noggin Knocker creamy cocktail with bourbon, Fernet Branca, milk, maple syrup, and a whole egg

Noggin Knocker

Around the holidays, we find ourselves craving creamy fernet drinks – the bracing herbal digestif makes for a sophisticated upgrade on the season’s typical saccharine-sweet mint cocktails.

The Noggin Knocker, from Chris Spear at Little Perfect Bites, is the epitome of these mentholated quaffs. A touch of warm maple adds a reasonable amount of sweetness, and brings out a matching note of chocolate from the bourbon base. We’ve made it with both Fernet Branca and the much-mintier Fernet Branca Menta, and found it to be quite charming either way.

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Dry-shake all ingredients first without ice, then again with ice added. Double-strain through a fine mesh strainer into a short glass or snifter. Garnish with a dusting of freshly-grated nutmeg.

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