1.5oz Gin (Beefeater)
.75oz Dry Vermouth (Dolin)
.5oz Pisco (Encanto)
1 barspoon Fernet-Branca
An interesting combination. After discovering Eeyore’s Requiem, this one tastes in a way like a lighter version crossed with a Martini. The taste is complex as expected with these ingredients. The gin functions as the base, with a slightly modified flavor, in a way somewhat malty, almost like Genever, like due to the addition of pisco. The main bitter component, Aperol, is lighter than the typical bitter cocktail, making for a nice color and lighter flavor which goes well with dry Dolin vermouth. The Campari and Fernet serve almost more as bitters, although they add significant flavor to the cocktail, vying for your attention, over the light Martini like undertones of this cocktail.
ABCDEF was created by Jeff Bell at PDT in 2010. Interestingly, I have seen a cocktail called R.I Skyway at a cocktail bar in D.C. that lists the exact same ingredients as this cocktail. Stay tuned to The Straight Up for an upcoming article on this very topic.
Not so much a variation, but if you like this one, check out Eeyore’s Requiem, which is similar although somewhat heavier, more complex and certainly more bitter than ABCDEF.