For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“The original 49ers were gold seekers that came through California in 1849 during the Gold Rush,” says bartender Helen Diaz of Bloodhound and Churchill in San Francisco. “When I think about the 49ers, I think Gold Rush, and then I think of the Gold Rush cocktail. This is the Gold Rusher! What better way to represent this team but to add a little fernet to the drink?” she says, calling on the fact that San Francisco consumes more fernet than any other place in the country.
- 1 1/2 oz Bourbon
- 1/2 oz Fernet-Branca
- 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz Ginger solution*
- 1/2 oz Honey syrup (3:1 honey:water)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Garnish: Mint sprig
Add all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake until cold.
Double-strain over a large hand-cut chunk of ice into a rocks glass, and garnish with a mint sprig.
*Ginger solution: Heat 1 part water in a small pot over medium heat. Add 1 part sugar and 1 part ginger juice, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool before using.