Mensch Cocktail

Of all the cocktails I’ve made this year, Ruckus is a big fan of the Merry Merrow. But, if there’s one cocktail that makes Ruckus feel fancy, it’s today’s cocktail. Based on the Sazerac (his favorite classic cocktail), this drink is a bit on the sweeter side. So why mess with one of America’s classics? I like to live a little, and I also know that Ruckus’s sweet tooth wouldn’t be able to resist a few interesting changes.

I started with the recipe for a Sazerac, and replaced the Herbsaint with Fernet Branca for an earthier, less-bitter flavor. I also swapped out the Peychaud’s for Angostura bitters for the added touch of sweetness.

So how did it compare? Ruckus is VERY impressed, and might even think this one is better than the classic.

Mensch Cocktail

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Drink


  • 2 Ounces Cognac
  • 1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 Ounce Fernet Branca
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Lemon Peel


  • Add first 4 ingredients to a cocktail beaker with ice.
  • Stir until cold.
  • Serve up with a lemon peel garnish.

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