Antica Formula

An Antique Jewel

Label up close

Antica Formula was created by Antonio Benedetto Carpano, the inventor of Vermouth, in 1786 in Turin, Italy. Its original and distinctive recipe remain in tact today thanks to Fratelli Branca Distilleries commitment to making sure the recipe goes unchanged over time.

A billboard for Carpano by Achille Mauzan from the 1930s.

This "Nectar of the Gods" is characterized by a unique bouquet of mountain herbs and spices. The recipe includes unmistakable vanilla notes, prized saffron, citrus fruits, dried raisins and cloves. Its unmistakable taste and rich, structured, body has a bright amaranth color and amber veins. Antica Formula is produced in limited quantities and packaged in fine blown glass bottles. The label is a reproduction of the original label designed in 1786.

Serving Suggestions

Antica Formula can be enjoyed anytime with ice and an orange slice garnish. Antica Formula is also the show-stopping main ingredient in classic cocktails including the Negroni, Americano, Manhattan, and Hanky Panky.


1 oz. Antica Formula
2 oz. Whiskey
2 Dashes Bitters

Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with maraschino cherry.

Hanky Panky

¾ oz. Antica Formula
¼ oz. Fernet-Branca
¾ oz. Gin

Shake with ice and strain into a highball glass.
Garnish with an orange peel.

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