Bitter Temptation Cocktail Recipe

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The Bitter Temptation cocktail recipe combines rye whiskey with Fernet-Branca, simple syrup and aromatic bitters. It’s unclear if the drink was invented in Toronto, as sometimes is also referred to as the Toronto. It’s also unclear when, exactly, it was created. 

Fernet-Branca is a traditional Italian digestif made from a secret mix of herbs including myrrh, saffron, chamomile and gentian. Its pronounced bitterness makes it a divisive spirit. Depending who you ask, the Bitter Temptation drink is either a variation on the Manhattan or the Old Fashioned. However you splice it, the Toronto is a delicious, whiskey-forward drink with a bitter bite.

Prep time: 3 Minutes

Nutrition: 85 Calories

Servings: 1


  • 2 ounces Rye whisky
  • 1/4 ounce Fernet-Branca
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: orange twist


  1. Add the rye whiskey, Fernet-Branca, simple syrup and bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Category: Drinks | Cuisine: Cocktails

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