To forgive is to Fernet. A day with Fernet is a day without regret. When it comes to Fernet-Branca wordplay, you pronounce that T because the company that has produced it for 175 years is Italian.
A bitter liqueur and digestif made with 27 botanicals, Fernet-Branca is known the world over as “the bartender’s handshake”—it’s the beverage that hospitality insiders order when together. Up to now secret, Glasspar’s Fernet-Branca cocktail menu offers five concoctions ($14 each, $50 for a tasting). The Cure is made with Q ginger beer, Angostura bitters, and expressed lemons; the tropical Fernety Island with Plantation rum, allspice dram, pineapple, and lime.
Most pair surprisinglywell with chef-owner Rob Wilson’s dishes, such as day-boat scallops with glazed pork belly, kohlrabi pear salad, and parsnip puree. Order one of the cocktails, and general manager Marcos Costas might recite one of his Fernet-inspired haikus or soliloquies.
24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949-240-6243, glasspar.com