The 11 Best Things I Drank in 2012
|Courtesy of Kevin Vickers|
|La Fin du Monde|
Okay, the world didn't end on December 21, and La Fin du Monde (which is French for "the end of the world") isn't even a cocktail. It's a cloudy blonde tripel-style golden ale produced in Quebec by Unibroue. But let's not split hairs. This is, after all, one of the best things I've drunk this year and that was the question put to me. Although it's maltier than a hefeweizen, its notes of banana, clove, coriander and citrus remind me of one. Really, the aroma is heavenly. With its rich, yeasty and slightly fruity taste, this smooth, medium-bodied beer has a lot going on -- and all of it's good. The House has a terrific beer selection (go, try), and the cocktails sound amazing too, making this #1 on my 2013 cocktail to-do list.
Heathen Child at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails
Thanks to super-star mixologist Shel Bourdon and Kimpton's master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout (who curates rare and artisanal spirits) Blue Hound boasts an impressive range of cocktails -- classics, hangover cures, cocktails made with wine, cocktails made with beer and serious cocktails for the aficionado. The pretty, walk-on-the-beach Heathen Child falls into the last category, combining Smith and Cross rum, strawberry coconut crème, domaine de canton (an elegant ginger liqueur with hints of orange blossom, almond and vanilla), lime and angostura bitters ($10). Like almost everything on my favorites list, it's breezy and refreshing with a dark undertow.
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