Industry Sour Cocktail

Industry Sour cocktail from the Darling Oyster Bar.

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Cocktail: Industry Sour

What is it?

The Industry Sour is a cocktail improvised by The Darling Oyster Bar’s bar manager Dan Williams.

A classic “sour” is its base with house-made syrups, sour mix and Branca Menta. Williams adds Green Chartreuse and St-Germain, which round the cocktail’s bitter edges.

What’s the story?

Fernet Branca is an Italian digestif. It is made in Milan and had originally been used as a medicine to treat gastrointestinal disorders and even cholera.

This served the United States well during Prohibition when it could legally be served.

Its recipe is secret and it contains 27 herbs and spices that are sourced on four continents.

Branca Menta is a newer product that was developed in the 1960s. It contains peppermint oil and sugar as well as the herbs and spices of the original. It has a wide appeal and is not as bitter as Fernet Branca.

Who’s selling it?

The Darling Oyster Bar

513 King St.


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What’s the flavor?

Herbs and spices are the backbone of this cocktail with a brace of sweet mint challenging your taste buds.

It has both vegetal and floral notes thanks to the liqueurs and is anchored in the house-made sour mix that keeps the flavor profile free of the artificial taste of commercial mixes.

It is part digestif and part cocktail, making it a great way to start your meal or end your meal.

— Deidre Schipani