|Maybe the Fox River is murky?|
Today’s drink is the Fox River Cocktail, a mixture of bourbon (or rye) whiskey, brown crème de cacao, and bitters (oops, we did it again). Even with two ounces of bourbon, the Fox River Cocktail was not the worst drink we’ve ever had. It actually was almost good despite the fact that it was extremely strong, coming in at over 37% alcohol. It is one of those drinks that makes your stomach and throat warm when you take a sip. That is the feeling of protective lining rotting away, so it might even be an effective weight loss measure. The primary flavor was of course the bourbon, but the crème de cacao did manage to take a little of the edge off and the bitters was definitely noticeable. This drink had four dashes of bitters, which is four more than most drinks have, and three more than most drinks with bitters have.
Bitters is alcohol infused with aromatic herbs. The Angostura Bitters that we used is 44.7% alcohol. Even though it is typically very strong, you can buy it in the grocery store and as far as I know you don’t get carded when buying bitters. I am not advocating that our underage readers go load up on bitters, though. Vanilla extract is a tastier option. If you’ve ever had Jägermeister then you know what bitters tastes like: cough syrup. I happen to love cough syrup, so I find the bitters flavor quite pleasant. Bitters isn’t always bitter, though, it can also be bittersweet. That makes “bitters” a terrible name not only because it ends in “s” making subject-verb agreement confusing, but also because it is a bit misleading.
|The giant label does not hide the bitterness|
(Img: © Chriusha (Хрюша) / CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Overall Rating for the
Taste: 2 – Just missed a 3
Ease of Preparation: 4
Drinks Until Blackout: 3 – 37% Alcohol
2 oz Whiskey (Bourbon or
1 tbsp Crème de
4 dashes Bitters