Fernet Branca is a bitter, aromatic spirit made from of over 40
herbs and spices, including myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom and
saffron, with a base of grape alcohol. The recipe is a secret, and was
created by the young Maria Scala in 1845 in Milan. Scala's name became
Maria Branca through marriage, and the product's name was born. The
Fernet Branca is still produced in Milan by the company Fratelli
Branca, overseen by the Branca family.