Fernet My Heart in San Francisco

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
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Chinese Five-Spice Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder


1 1/2 ounces bourbon 

3/4 ounce lime juice 

1/2 ounce Fernet 

Splash ginger beer 

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish 


  1. For the Chinese five-spice simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water, the sugar and the five-spice powder in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.
  2. For the cocktail: Put the bourbon, lime juice, Fernet and 1/4 ounce of the Chinese five-spice simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a Collins or highball glass filled with ice. Top with the ginger beer and garnish with a few sprigs of mint. Wax nostalgic about the Bay.