Fernet con Coca Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Fernet con Coca is a popular cocktail in Argentina, often considered the national drink. It's a simple mix of Fernet, an aromatic bitter, and Coca-Cola. The cocktail has a rich history, dating back to the late 19th century when Fernet was introduced to Argentina by Italian immigrants. It was initially consumed for medicinal purposes, but over time, Argentinians started mixing it with Coca-Cola, creating a unique cocktail that's now a staple in the country's nightlife and social gatherings.

How Fernet con Coca Tastes?

Fernet con Coca is a complex blend of sweet and bitter flavors. The Fernet provides a strong, bitter, and herbal taste, while the Coca-Cola adds sweetness and carbonation, balancing out the bitterness. The end result is a refreshing, unique, and somewhat acquired taste.

Interesting facts about Fernet con Coca

  • Fernet con Coca is often served in a short glass with ice.
  • The cocktail has a unique dark color due to the Fernet.
  • It's common to see Argentinians drinking Fernet con Coca at social gatherings and football matches.



Fernet is an Italian type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. It is the heart of this cocktail, providing a complex bouquet of herbs and spices that gives the drink its distinctive taste. Too little and you might not fully experience the herbal magic; too much, and your taste buds might go on strike due to the intensity of the bitterness. If you fancy a twist, try substituting Fernet with another amaro of your choice, which will offer a different range of bitter and herbal notes.

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Coca-Cola, the classic American soda, adds sweetness and carbonation, creating a refreshing balance to the bitter and potent Fernet. The vanilla and caramel notes of the cola blend harmoniously with the herbal liquor. Without it, the Fernet would stand unchallenged, possibly overwhelming the palate. A possible alternative is a different cola brand or even a root beer for those seeking a bit of that sassafras kick.

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Ice cubes

Ice is the silent guardian of temperature and dilution. It cools the drink, making it more palatable and helps to slightly dilute the Fernet, mellowing its intensity. No ice would mean a lukewarm and overly-concentrated concoction, risking a less enjoyable experience. Crushed ice can be an alternative, offering quicker dilution and a different mouthfeel.

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Recipe. How to make Fernet con Coca Drink

  1. Fill a short glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 2 oz of Fernet over the ice.
  3. Top up with Coca-Cola, stir gently to mix.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • The key to a good Fernet con Coca is the ratio. The traditional ratio is 3 parts Coca-Cola to 1 part Fernet, but you can adjust it to your taste.
  • Always use ice. It helps to dilute the strong flavor of the Fernet and keeps the drink cold.

Perfect Pairings


  • Barbecue: The bold flavors of barbecue pair well with the bitterness of Fernet and the sweetness of Coca-Cola.
  • Pizza: Especially with a spicy topping, to complement the herbaceous qualities of Fernet.
  • Burgers: A savory burger contrasts nicely with the digestif properties of Fernet.
  • Dark Chocolate Desserts: For a unique after-dinner pairing, the dark chocolate matches the Fernet's complexity.


  • Coffee: A rich espresso after the cocktail can highlight Fernet's aromatic notes.
  • Amber Ale: Beer with caramel notes can resonate with the cola's sweetness and Fernet's herbal bitterness.

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What you could change in Fernet con Coca

  • If you can't find Fernet, you can substitute it with another type of bitter, such as Campari or Aperol, but the taste will be different.
  • For a less sweet version, you can use Diet Coca-Cola.

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Honeyed Fernet con Coca

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Fernet, 6 oz Coca-Cola, 1/2 oz honey syrup, ice cubes
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, adding honey syrup before topping with Coca-Cola. Stir to combine flavors.
  • Taste & Experience: Honey's sweetness tempers Fernet's sharpness, resulting in a smoother, more caramelly drink.

Spiced-Up Fernet con Coca

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Fernet, 6 oz Coca-Cola, a pinch of cinnamon, ice cubes
  • Recipe: Add cinnamon on top of the ice before pouring Fernet. Complete with Coca-Cola and stir well.
  • Taste & Experience: The warm spice of cinnamon adds a festive twist, enhancing the cocktail's complexity and depth.

Herbal Fernet con Coca

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Fernet, 6 oz artisanal herbal cola, ice cubes
  • Recipe: Replace standard Coca-Cola with an artisanal herbal cola for a more pronounced herbal profile.
  • Taste & Experience: This version plays up the herbal notes, catering to those who enjoy a garden in their glass.

In case you forgot basics how to make Fernet con Coca

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Fernet con Coca

How is the Fernet made that gives the unique taste to the Fernet con Coca?

Fernet is a type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. It is made from a number of herbs and spices which are steeped in liquor with a base of grape distilled spirits, and then aged in barrels for a period of time.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Fernet con Coca?

Yes, you can substitute the Fernet with a non-alcoholic bitter such as a 'bitter soda' or 'bitter lemon'. Keep in mind that the taste will be different, as Fernet has a unique flavor.

Can I use other types of soda instead of Coca-Cola for making Fernet con Coca?

Yes, it's possible to use other sodas, but using Coca-Cola is traditional to the recipe. Other options will alter the taste of the cocktail.

Does Fernet con Coca have a proper time or occasion to be consumed?

There are no strict rules about when to enjoy Fernet con Coca. However, it's typically enjoyed in the evening and at social gatherings.

Is Fernet con Coca popular outside of Argentina?

While most popular in Argentina, Fernet con Coca has gained recognition globally and can be found in various worldwide cocktail menus.

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