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New Video: Aperitivo Time in Rome

The videos return with a trip to Rome to explore Italy’s famously epic aperitivo happy hours. For more about drinking in Italy and the rest of the world, pre-order my new book, The Drinkable Globe!

Prickly Ash Bitters: A classic American amaro gets back into Dodge

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Italy may have some of the world’s most iconic amaro brands, but Dodge City, Kansas-based Boot Hill Distillery is hoping to prove that a bitter liqueur straight out of the American West can more than hold its own against its European counterparts.

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Drink more Fernet Branca (in beer form!)

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A few years back, Odell Brewing released Fernet-Aged Porter, a chocolatey, coffee-like brew aged in barrels that once held fernet produced by Denver’s Leopold Bros. Distillery. Now, Chicago’s Forbidden Root restaurant and brewery, known for “botanic beers,” has taken that concept a step further and developed a brew using ingredients based on the flavor profile of the famous digestive. The brewery partnered with the makers iconic amaro Fernet Branca—the first time the latter has ever collaborated with a brewer. The result: Fernectic, an 8.4 percent ABV, a spicy, minty, herbal brew made with ingredients such as rhubarb, wormwood and saffron, pulled right from Fernet Branca’s recipe (which includes a total of 27 botanicals).

Forbidden Root unveils Fernetic at its West Town location on January 19th, offering it on draft and in a limited number of 22-ounce bottles for $14.99.

The Drinkable Week: Tales of the Cocktail Part I

There was so much to talk about at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans that I decided to do the report in two parts. Part II is coming next week (hopefully!)

Some spring sips

The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America convention is coming up (April 18-21 at Caesars in Las Vegas) and I’ll be there scoping out some new drinkable innovations. To set the mood, here are a couple of cocktails using a couple of the spirits that will be exhibiting at the convention’s expo.

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Barrel Hidden in the Tropics

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Beach Day

“Barrel Hidden in the Tropics” by Chris Chamberlain of @PhiladelphiaDistilling – last
year’s winner in the Call for Cocktails competitions, featuring a unique blend of BlueCoat Barrel Finish gin:

  • 1.5 oz Bluecoat Barrel Finish gin
  • 0.25 oz Montenegro Amaro
  • 0.75 oz Honey Syrup
  • 0.25 oz Lemon juice
  • 1.25 oz Smoked Pineapple juice
  • Bar spoon of Greek Yogurt

Beach Day by Troy Clarke @1224Cocktails features Boodles Gin and Licor 43

  • 2 oz Boodles gin
  • .5 oz Licor 43
  • 1.5 oz coconut water
  • .5 lime juice
  • 2 bar spoons of pineapple preserves

Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled double rocks glass that’s been rimmed with coconut palm sugar. Troy also made the umbrella, beach towel and surfboard to match the drink’s beachy theme.