Napoleon cocktail

Napoleon cocktail
The Napoleon cocktail blends dry gin with the sweet yet slightly bitter Dubonnet Rouge and orange curacao liqueur. Some extra interest is added by the usage of the herbal spicy notes of Fernet Branca.
Fernet Branca is a brand of Italian Bitters and originates in Milan, Italy, if you enjoy the taste of it, it is also used in the Hanky Panky cocktail recipe.
The Napoleon cocktail was first mentioned in The Savoy Cocktail book in 1930 and has been served as a great aperitif since then.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • martini glass


  • 60 ml dry gin
  • 15 ml orange Curacao liqueur
  • 15 ml Dubonnet Rouge
  • 7.5 ml Fernet Branca
  • orange twist (to garnish)


  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until chilled.
  • Strain the liquid into a martini glass and garnish with an orange twist.


What does Fernet Branca taste like?

Fernet is a combination of bitter, sweet, herby and spicy flavours. It is muddy brown in colour, with a hint of green. Fernet Branca has a strong spiced scent.

If you like this spicy, bitter drink you might also enjoy the amusingly named Hanky Panky cocktail.

What are the best gin cocktails?

If you like a gin cocktail like this Napoleon cocktail we also have a roundup of the 10 best gin cocktails – it’s not official, but we think you’ll find the list quite inspiring!

Fernet Branca is made from 27 herbs and other ingredients; the complete formula is a trade secret.

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