A drink with a kick - and then some.
"No other cocktail can contain that much Fernet without it taking control of the drink," says Mechanics Institute's Ben Tua. But the seriously bitter Back in the Saddle fights fire with fire, he says. "Campari steps in and makes the cocktail an Italian showdown of intense flavour, sort of a battle of wills, and then you add the third bitter which glues the two together then the spicy ginger beer rides along the top of all three." Mechanics Institute, rear 222 William St, Northbridge, WA, (08) 9228 4189.
MECHANICS INSTITUTE'S BACK IN THE SADDLE
Add 30ml Campari, 25ml Fernet-Branca, 30ml lime juice, 20ml agave syrup and 7 dashes of orange bitters plus ice to a shaker and shake well. Strain over ice into a highball glass, top with ginger beer, garnish with a wedge of lime and serve without delay.