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Spring: one day it's 70 and you're in shorts, the next it's 30 and snowing. You've taken all you can of winter and just want sunshine and refreshing drinks. Our bittersweet julep riff embodies this conundrum. Fernet reminds us that there are still bitter surprises ahead, while sweet pineapple begs us to dig out those sandals and sit in the sun, even if it is with a scarf on. Spring may not be a perfect balance, but that doesn't mean your drink can't be.

Meteorology is My Day Job (makes 1)

  • 1 1/2 oz Fernet Branca (we also like Letherbee Fernet here)
  • 1 1/2 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup

In a cocktail shaker with ice add Fernet, pineapple juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.

Strain into a juice glass, rocks glass, or julep cup filled with crushed ice. Add more ice to the top so it looks like a Sno-Cone. Garnish with a pineapple chunk and mint (pineapple leaf optional); serve with a straw.