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Old 09-21-2018, 12:02 PM
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Earlier this summer I went to the Jack Daniels distillery. I have never partaken in whiskey before, we bought a bottle of their Tennessee Fire and I've been enjoying it slowly. Actually really good and the spicy kick feels like a Goldilocks situation where it isn't too much or too little but just right.

I'm still enjoying some sour beers/Goses. As usual the Illinois local beer Destihl makes some great sours, just recently tried both the Blueberry Gose and the Lynnbrook, liked the Blueberry a lot and Lynnbrook only some. Off Color Brewing does some collaborations with the Field Museum here in Chicago, including one I'm going through now that's Chicha de Molle inspired ale called Wari. Pretty awesome stuff that tastes like beer with some sour fruit in it, hard to describe!

I was also lucky enough to take a trip to Cincinatti and discovered Rhinegeist beer. Sadly it isn't sold in Chicago, but they make a whole range of some pretty great beers which I got to try a flight of at their distillery. My favorite was Press Tart, a collaboration with a nearby arcade bar that's a fruit beer, but the Peach Dodo, Semi Dry Hard Cider, and Bubbles were all great too.
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:55 PM
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Pretty sure I've had some tasty things from Destihl, at least whatever they manage to distribute out this far. (Technically we have a separate Beer thread, which I've been sadly negligent in posting in this year. My therapist is right across the street from a bottle shop so I've been trying several new beers every week and it's a lot to keep up with, though it all goes in my Untappd feed.) (Insta-edit: Lol, Umby you did the exact same thing last year, and we were talking about Destihl then too!)

Meanwhile in other alcoholic beverage news, a friend of mine is currently on a cruise and I was insanely jealous of the ship's spiked milkshake menu she showed me, so I made my own: peanut butter frozen custard, milk, creme de cacao, and raspberry schnapps, whipped together in the Magic Bullet vibeblender. Delish.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:26 AM
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I picked up a bottle of Fernet Branca, and have been trying to find cocktails that it meshes well with. I had a drink last time I was in Phoenix that combined mescal, Fernet Branca, Fernet Vallet, and lime juice, and it was a smoky beast. I donít have the bar to recreate that at home, but Iíve tried some simple substitutions. So far the best Iíve found is switching out a quarter of the Campari for Branca in a Negroni, which amplifies the juniper without being consumed by mint and cough syrup.

Anyone have some good recipes for these weird bitters?
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Old 12-13-2018, 06:37 PM
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Iíve been experimenting with this, and have come up with a good holiday drink that includes Fernet Branca.

1.5oz brandy
1oz kahlua
1oz baileyís
A teaspoon of Branca

Mix together with a ton of ice. Pour into a glass lined with chocolate syrup.

The Fernet complements the sweet chocolate, since they both would overpower the drink on their own. Up the recipe and put it into a punch bowl, and youíve got a party.
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:34 PM
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I picked up a bottle of Fernet Branca, and have been trying to find cocktails that it meshes well with. I had a drink last time I was in Phoenix that combined mescal, Fernet Branca, Fernet Vallet, and lime juice, and it was a smoky beast. I donít have the bar to recreate that at home, but Iíve tried some simple substitutions. So far the best Iíve found is switching out a quarter of the Campari for Branca in a Negroni, which amplifies the juniper without being consumed by mint and cough syrup.

Anyone have some good recipes for these weird bitters?
Where at? Undertow or something? I haven't been there yet.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:20 AM
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No, this was at the lobby bar at the Renaissance downtown, I think itís called Dust Cutter. I love UnderTow though, their menu is on point.

For non Phoenicians, UnderTow is a tiki bar built out of the oil change pit in an old service center. Its decor is the hold of a 19th century clipper ship returning from Polynesia, with portholes and barrels and tiki everywhere. Itís dark and cool, and if you go in the summertime, after a couple potent rum drinks youíll forget that itís 110 degrees upstairs.

Take a Myst-like tour on their website though they have the lights on so you can see the details.
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