Fernet Francisco Manzanilla
Fernet Francisco // California, USA
Fernet Francisco Manzanilla was first introduced to the market in 2015 by San Francisco-based fernet enthusiasts, Max Rudsten and Ben Flajnik. It is made with a variety of herbs and botanicals sourced from local Bay Area markets including rhubarb, gentian root, cardamom, bay leaves, orange peels, and peppermint among others. The featured ingredient is German chamomile which is also called manzanilla.
AmaroAmaro means “bitter” in Italian. No legal definition exists, and though it originated in Italy, amaro (plural: amari) can be made anywhere. Originally created to aid in digestion, it is a bittersweet liqueur made from the maceration or distillation (or combination) of herbs, spices, roots, flowers, or other botanicals. Often uses neutral spirit as the base, but other liquor or wine can be used. Can be aged. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies, but tends to be 20-40%.