The Bitter Brain


  1. 3 raisins
  2. 2 ounces rye whiskey
  3. ½ ounce Fernet-Branca
  4. ¼ ounce simple syrup
  5. 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  6. 2 dashes orange bitters
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How to Make It

Add the raisins to the bottom of a coupe glass, then add the remaining ingredients to a mixing glass with a handful of ice. Stir until it’s well chilled, then strain into the glass and enjoy.

Why We Like It

While they can be fun early in the night, you don’t have to put back round after round of gimmicky cocktails on Halloween. Instead, try the Bitter Brain, which sounds a little gimmicky based on the name and even features a booze-soaked raisin garnish (brains!) — but is a legit cocktail for any old night.

Quite similar to two cocktails I love — the Toronto, which was originally made to highlight Canadian whiskey, and the Bitter Old Coot, a drink I have every year on my birthday at Justus Drugstore in Smithville, MO — the Bitter Brain relies heavily on rye whiskey and Fernet-Branca, a bitter herbal liqueur. Plus, if you sip it slowly, the raisins should be booze-soaked (just like your brain!) at the end.

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