The World’s Finest: An Exploration of Fernet Stock

Fernet Stock is a classic spirit from the Czech Republic that has been aroud since 1927. Produced by Lionello Stock in his factory in Plzen-Bozkov, this unique spirit is made with a carefully guarded secret recipe and 14 herbs from all over the world. The exact ingredients are kept under wraps but typically include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and saffron along with grape distilled spirits and caramel coloring.

Fernet Stock has a higher alcohol content than most bitters with an ABV of 40 to 45%, making it ideal for cocktails or coffee. It can also be enjoyed straight or mixed into cola as some Argentinians do. When used in cocktails such as the popular or Manhattan, Fernet Stock brings out the flavor of other ingredients while mellowing out any harshness.

Although Fernet Stock was first introduced in 1927 by Lionello Stock in Plzen-Bozkov, its popularity has since spread across the globe and is now available in many countries around the world including Italy where it's produced by Fratelli Branca Distillerie. With its unique herbal notes and high alcohol content, Fernet Stock is making a comeback as an ingredient for cocktail creations as well as traditional drinks like the Americano or Sazerac.

Whether you're looking to spice up your favorite cocktail recipes or just enjoy a unique drink on its own, Fernet Stock is sure to add a zingy herbal kick to your drinking experience!

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Drinking Fernet Stock

Fernet is traditionally served as a digestif, which means it's meant to be drunk after a meal. To enjoy it, pour one to two ounces of Fernet into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. You can drink it neat or with a splash of or ginger . If you want to make a more complex drink, mix Fernet with other ingredients like citrus and simple syrup. The most popular way to enjoy Fernet is the “Fernet and Coke”, where one part Fernet is mixed with thre parts cola. It can also be used in cocktails such as the Americano or the Hanky Panky. For those who don't enjoy the bitter flavor of Fernet, try mixing it with sweet or amaretto for a sweeter taste.

Is Fernet of Czech Origin?

Fernet Stock is a Czech spirit. It was created in 1927 by Lionello Stock in Plzen-Bozkov, a city in the Czech Republic. The unique recipe is based on 14 herbs sourced from around the world and has been closely guarded ever since. Over 90 years later, Fernet Stock remains one of the most popular spirits in Czech culture.

What Herbs Are Used in the Production of Fernet?

Fernet typically contains a blend of herbs, spices and other botanical ingredients, including myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe and saffron. Myrrh is a fragrant resin that comes from trees in the Burseraceae family; it has been used medicinally for centuries. Rhubarb is a tart plant with edible stalks commonly used in pies and jams; its root has long been used as an herbal remedy for digestive problems. Chamomile is a daisy-like flower known for its calming properties; it is sometimes brewed as . Cardamom is the seed pod of an herb related to ginger; it adds a unique flavor and aroma to many dishes. Aloe is a succulent plant with thick leaves that contain clear gel; its juice has long been used as a home remedy for skin ailments. saffron is prhaps the world's most expensive spice due to its labor-intensive harvesting process; it adds both flavor and color to many dishes.

Origin of Fernet

Fernet-Branca is a type of amaro bitter liqueur produced by the Fratelli Branca Distillerie, based in Milan, Italy. It was first produced in 1845, and has an alcohol content of 39%. It is a dark brown spirit with a strong herbal aroma, characterized by its bitter taste. Its ingredients include saffron, gentian root, aloe ferox bark and rhubarb among many other herbs and spices. Its flavor profile has been described as minty and piney with hints of citrus and licorice. The bitterness of Fernet-Branca makes it a popular digestif or after dinner drink.


Fernet Stock is a classic Czech bitter spirit, first produced in 1927 by Lionello Stock in his liqueur factory. It has a high alcohol content of 40 to 45%, and is made from 14 herbs from around the world such as myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe and saffron. It is used in a variety of ways from adding a splash to cocktails and coffee, stirring it into cola or even drinking it straight. Fernet Stock is an interesting and complex spirit with a unique flavor that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

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