ROBERT SIMONSON, 2013
Given your average modern mixologist’s love for both the Old- Fashioned and the bitter Italian digestivo Fernet Branca, the name of this drink was a foregone conclusion. This is simply an Old-Fashioned with an extra herbal, menthol punch. It's basically a twist on the Toronto cocktail, except that drink traditionally calls for Canadian whisky and an orange twist, and is served up. I am generally partial to orange twists in my Old-Fashioned, but the extra bite and brightness of a lemon twist is a must here. Given the level of rampant invention in the cocktail community, I have little doubt that this exact drink has already been created by some bartender in some bar somewhere. But that bartender didn’t write this book.
Muddle the sugar, bitters, and a barspoon of warm water at the bottom of an Old-Fashioned glass until the sugar is dissolved. Add the bourbon and Fernet Branca and one large chunk of ice and stir until chilled. Twist a large piece of lemon zest over the drink and drop into the glass.