Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Scotch Cocktails

Prophet in Plain Clothes

Prophet in Plain Clothes cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Kraig Rovensky, the general manager of Life on Mars in Seattle and a self-proclaimed fan of Fernet-Branca, says this drink is named for the fact that “it hides the glorious message of fernet inside.” The bold character of Laphroaig, an ultra-peaty Islay scotch, is softened by the fernet, along with vermouth and another amaro. “You’re left with this smoky, bitter sipper that would be pleasing to any Rob Roy drinker,” he says.

“You have to pair fernet with either other bold spirits or flavors, or things that will soften it,” says Rovensky. “Those bold flavors, if paired well, can create cohesive wonderful cocktails.”


  • 1 ounce Laphroaig 10 year single malt scotch

  • 1 ounce Fernet-Branca

  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth (such as Carpano Classico)

  • 1/2 ounce Amaro Cinpatrazzo

  • Garnish: Luxardo cherry


  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

  3. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.