The Fratelli Branca Distillery was founded by Bernardino Branca and his three sons in 1845 when they started producing a bitter herbal liqueur, Fernet-Branca,?through a secret formula that has remained such for 173 years. Fratelli Branca is a sixth-generation business run by Count Niccolò Branca. His son, Edoardo Branca is now managing the Fratelli Branca business in the United States. Fratelli Branca is still privately owned with 100% ownership by the Branca Family.
First prepared by 13th century Italian monks as herbal medicines and elixirs, Liqueurs are distilled spirits that have been combined with flavoring agents. A range of herbs, spices, nuts, fruits and flowers can be used, and a sweetener such as sugar or corn syrup is often added. While typically rather sweet, some examples are herbaceous or tart and pair exceptionally well with desserts or act as a delightful addition to cocktails.