Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Other Whiskey Cocktails

Nail in the Coffin

nail in the coffin cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

This spirit-forward cocktail by Brian Means of San Francisco’s Dirty Habit combines Fernet-Branca and Madeira with Japanese whisky and a Spanish liqueur.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Yamazaki 12-year-old whisky
  • 3/4 ounce dry Madeira wine
  • 1/2 ounce Licor 43
  • 1/4 ounce Fernet-Branca
  • Garnish: shaved black cardamom


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir.

  2. Strain into a Nick & Nora or coupe glass, and garnish with freshly shaved black cardamom.