Practice Your Fernet Face at the Great Branca Bar Pop-Up

first_imgEver wanted to learn more about one of the most iconic amaris on the market? What about watching an unsuspecting friend take a shot of something bitter? Or maybe you’re just looking for a good bittersweet cocktail? No matter your reasoning, over the next few months you’ll have a new place to do it as the Great Branca Bar — a pop up started by the creators of Fernet-Branca and the Italian marketplace chain Eataly — makes its way across the country and back.(If you’re reading this and have no idea what Fernet-Branca is, check out a brief history here).The idea behind the Great Branca Bar, according to the company, was to create a spirited “Grand Tour” that would showcase both Fernet-Branca and Eataly to those who maybe weren’t already familiar with either brand.The bar will feature Fernet-Branca cocktails designed in an apothecary style to highlight the herbal notes of the spirit, as well as shots of Fernet. (If you want to see a friend make their very first “Fernet face,” give them a shot before ordering a cocktail, you won’t regret it … they might, though. Just remind them that taking a shot of Fernet-Branca is a right of passage.)“Fernet-Branca has entered a new phase in its life as the center of many wonderful cocktails, which will be showcased through The Great Branca Bar this year,” says Edoardo Branca, the sixth generation Branca family member who manages the business in the United States. “We are thrilled to educate new consumers and loyal Fernet lovers and bring Italian spirit in major U.S cities in a way that is authentic to Fernet-Branca and unique to Italy.”The Great Branca Bar started in New York City in late January and will continue on to Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles before finishing up in New York City again in the fall. Each location will feature a cocktail unique to the city (for example, Fernet Me Not seen below can only be ordered at the NYC stop on the tour).Aesthetically, the company describes the pop-up bar’s look as “Art Nouveau meets Duotone,” and was inspired in part by vintage Fernet-Branca advertisements from the early 20th century and the vibrant advertisements of the 1960s.The Great Branca Bar will open in Chicago on March 19 and run through April 1 before shipping up to Boston (May 14-27). Over the summer, you’ll be able to visit the Great Branca Bar in L.A. then the pop-up will return to New York City in the fall.Not going to be able to make it to the Great Branca Bar? Here’s your chance to play with Fernet and recreate some of the cocktails at home. If you do get a chance to visit, the Great Branca Bar(s) will be open weeknights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.Ferneta-Groni1.5 oz Malfy Gin1.5 oz Carpano Antica Formula1 oz Fernet-BrancaMethod: Stir ingredients together with ice. Strain and serve up. The Toronto1.5 oz of Templeton Rye.25 oz of Fernet-Branca.25 oz of Simpledash of bittersMethod: Stir ingredients together with ice. Strain into a glass and serve on the rocks. Fernet Me Not1 oz Fernet-Branca1 oz Tequila.5 oz Lime juice3-4 oz Fever Tree Ginger BeerMethod: Shake Fernet-Branca, tequila, and lime juice together with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top with ginger beer. 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes A Guide to Slivovitz, Eastern Europe’s Favorite Brandy last_img read more

UN wellplaced to help in fight against terrorism experts tell Vienna symposium

The symposium, organized with the support of the Austrian Government, also sought to look at how the expertise of the Vienna-based UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) in the fields of transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and money laundering can be used by the international community in fighting terrorism.Addressing participants, the Austrian Foreign Minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, announced that her Government would contribute $1 million to support the ODCCP’s Centre for International Crime Prevention.Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, who chairs the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, described its work in recent months to implement a landmark Council resolution – 1373 – which was adopted in the wake of the 11 September attacks.He also outlined proposals for focusing the work of the UN Terrorism Prevention Branch. “Good guidance is crucial for States with less experience of terrorism who are trying to upgrade their capacity,” he said, urging the Branch to help States to quickly ratify the Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Financing. Similarly, the UN should work to help countries join the 11 other international anti-terror pacts, he said. “The whole point of 1373 and its implementation programme is this: we need practical programmes, and collective action now,” he said. “Vienna’s UN institutions have a specific contribution to make, within the unique role which the UN as a whole has to play to make the eradication of terrorism a global reality.”Shashi Tharoor, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, called for international steps against terrorist groups themselves, and said terrorists must be denied sanctuary and legitimacy. Thanks to its universal membership and moral authority, the UN was the best venue for strengthening mechanisms to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists and to freeze their financial assets, he added.The UN had long been at the forefront of efforts to promote democracy, good governance and human rights, Mr. Tharoor noted. “We must place these core values even higher on our international agenda, and reduce our tolerance for autocratic and arbitrary regimes even further,” he said. “Just as we make the world a smaller and less secure place for terrorism’s pyromaniacs, we must make it a less friendly and less receptive place for those regimes that repress their citizens, and thereby fuel the fire.” read more