If there were no hangovers, many of us would have very happy, albeit brief, lives. Here's to January 1, our collective morning after.
WHAT: Fernet-Branca Rating: NNN
WHERE: Milan, Italy
WHY: If you're going for hair of the dog, check out this puppy. With its herbal pungency and syrupy viscosity, Fernet-Branca's medicinal origins are entirely apparent. This bitters is the key ingredient in such corpse revivers as the Fernet-Branca cocktail: 1/3 oz Fernet Branca, 1/3 oz sweet vermouth, 3/4 oz gin; shake with ice, strain, pour into cocktail glass. You will either perk up or throw up. Apparently, FB out-meisters Jägermeister in San Francisco.
PRICE: 750 ml/$21.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected liquor stores (product #220145)