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boozings – Americano At Southwark

Welcome back to our last installment of boozings, where we try the last of Philly’s Top 15 Drinks! Finally, we go to Southwark, for the Americano. It is made with Campari, sweet vermouth, bitter vermilion aperitivo, and seltzer, served in a big old milk glass with a slice of orange. Ok, so my immediate thoughts? That this drink is disgusting. Yep. I didn’t even say it was bad. I found it straight up disgusting. And I don’t quite know what that was in it that made it disgusting, but it was disgusting. I can’t even quite describe it as bitter, but it was kind of bitter, but not. It was just gross. Trust me. To quote the article, “Mismeasured, the Americano can be as ugly as the Americans that occupy Milan’s duomos on Perillo Tours, but Waide’s is thirst-quenching and balanced, cut with seltzer and refreshed with an orange slice.” Maybe I got one of the mismeasured ones, because it was Ugly, with a capital U. But hey, you can’t win em all!

We also ordered a mai tai. Whoa. This ain’t no girley drink on the beach. It’s boozy with a kick to the head. They definitely do not skimp on the alcohol here! This would have you on the floor, quick.

Well, that’s it folks! The list is done! And man, am I tired!

boozings – Manhattan At James

Welcome back to another installment of boozings, where we try all of Philly’s Top 15 Drinks! Next up we go to James, for the James-Hattan. It’s James’ take on the classic Manhattan, made with raisin infused whiskey, cinnamon, orange, and sweet vermouth, served in a chilled martini glass.
This little drink sure is tasty. It has golden raisins in the drink, and they settle to the bottom, which is a slightly strange sight. We were joking that they were gallstones or wisdom teeth. But don’t worry, they’re just boozy raisins, which you can eat. It’s a warm and cozy drink, that is reminiscent of fall flavors. Strong, but not overly so. If you want it to be stronger, just eat the raisins. They pack a boozy wallop.

And can I just say how adorable James is? It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be. And it’s nice and airy inside. The bar area is roomy and I totally dig the decor. It’s very… etsy looking. It definitely makes me want to come back and eat!

Ok, 14 down, only 1 more to go! I’m almost done!

boozings – Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em At London Grill

Welcome back to another installment of boozings, where we try all of Philly’s Top 15 Drinks! Next up we go to London Grill, for the Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em. It is a drink made with house infused chipotle mezcal, Victory Prima Pils, and a smoked tomato salt rim, served in a pint glass. This is another spicy ass drink on this list. Am I the only one who’s puzzled by the idea of spicy and smoky cocktails? I mean the bloody mary, sure, but all these drinks with peppery and smoky drinks are a bit odd to me. Maybe not so much the peppery and spicy, but the smoky throws me off.

Alright, so I didn’t really care for this. I had a spicy/smoky drink made with chili infused tequila at distrito and really liked it. But this one, with chipotle infused mezcal, not so much. Something just didn’t work for me. And believe me, I tried to like it, but I just didn’t. And it didn’t really go well with the pils either. I feel as though something chili infused needs to be smoothed out with some kind of juice, and not a beer. And it’s a really hoppy beer, so it doubly did not do it for me. So there, another one on the list I did not like. You can’t win ’em all!

Ok, 13 down, 2 more to go! I’ve only got 2 left, whoa!

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