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Sep 13, 2008 06:09 PM

Ferroquina Bisleri?

My old dad's got a yen for this and I'd like to find some for his upcoming birthday. Has anyone seen Ferroquina Bisleri in a bar, restaurant, or liquor store anywhere near New York City? It's an Argentine aperitif that's supposed to have miraculous tonic properties, with a taste similar to Fernet Branca. Thanks!

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  1. Haven't seen it but I'm certainly curious. Anything that tastes like Fernet *must* be a tonic - why else would it taste like that?

    1. It's Ferro-China Bisleri, still made in Milan by the Bisleri company, but also in Argentina. In our Brooklyn Italian home in the 50s and 60, there was a bottle, always, for digestivo emergencies. It's a true amaro, at 40 proof, with quinine, and I've not seen a bottle here for years. It's still available in Italy. I suspect a strong, not too sweet amaro (try the Calabrian Vecchio Amaro del Capo) or even a Fernet would have to do instead. Beviamo!

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      1. re: bob96

        I found and purchased a bottle in Boston at V. Cirace, They may do mailorder. I bought it on a whim, on a quest to obtain rare amaros, but was pretty disappointed by the taste - not quite bitter enough, and strangely redolent of artificial pancake syrup.