In the long line of cocktails allegedly designed to help you recover from your hangover (but which were clearly just excuses to day drink), the Fanciulli cocktail is a lesser-known option that is defined by the use of the unique Fernet Branca.
The earliest references recognized for this cocktail are from 1931, where it was thought the name was taken from Italian slang for “the boys.” Alternatively, that was also around the time that composer Francesco Franciulli (an Italian-American) was gaining prominence, and notoriety, in certain circles for his marching band music. It’s conceivable that this riff on the Manhattan was named after him, especially since the main difference here is the replacement of Angostura with the Italian bitter digestif, Fernet Branca.
1 ½ oz rye
¾ oz sweet vermouth
¼ oz Fernet Branca
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.