What is fernet, and why should you have a bottle for home use? In this Cocktail Club Extra, Chicago bartender Laura Kelton explains the aromatic bitter and how best to use it. For more, check out our Gateways To Drinkery guide on the spirit.

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The boiled down version seems to be, "A lot of people hate it, but it's good for hangovers and you can make 3 cocktails with it." That…doesn't really sell me on the "Everybody should have a bottle at home" conclusion.

I mean, everybody should have gin, or whiskey, even if you don't much like gin or whiskey, because they're in like half the cocktails that exist.

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