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boozings – Chicha Morada At Chifa

Welcome back to another installment of boozings, where we try all of Philly’s Top 15 Drinks! Next up we go to Chifa, for the Chicha Morada. It is a Peruvian drink (Chifa is Peruvian/Chinese), but it’s Chifa’s own modern interpretation of it. Instead of the traditional chicha morada which is made by a human chewing on purple maize, this much friendlier version is made with spiced rum, purple corn, and pineapple, and served in a wine glass over ice and garnished with lime.

Wow, this is a good drink.  And can I also say wow, this is a beautiful restaurant? Because of the spiced rum, it definitely has that spicy and warm fall/winter taste to it, but sweeter. It’s kind of like sangria but not, because it’s definitely not made with wine. But it is reminiscent because of the hunks of fruit. It was just plain delicious, warm and sweet and slightly spiced. I drank it down way too fast. And it’s not super strong. It is strong, but not overly so. It goes down super easy.

We also tried the mula cuzco, which is vodka, ginger liqueur, Cusqueña Lager, and lime, served in one of these long skinny glasses. We got this because the bartender said it was incredibly refreshing. And on this sunday after a few feet of snow, we wanted some refreshment. This was also quite amazing. It’s very light and refreshing, indeed, and the hint of beer is quite nice.

Ok, 11 down, only 4 more to go!
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boozings – Bloody Mary At Cantina Los Caballitos

Welcome back to another installment of boozings, where we try all of Philly’s Top 15 Drinks! Next up we go to Cantina Los Caballitos, for the Bloody Mary. Vodka, check. Tomato juice, check. Worcestershire sauce, tabasco, and whatever else, check. Lime and lemon, celery and olive, check!
F it this drink is good. And big. And spicy. And cheap. Served in a big ass pint glass, this thing has kick, of the boozy and spicy variety. It just goes on forever, too. How can this only cost $5? It’s definitely the cheapest drink on the list, and nearly the biggest. I’m not feeling too much love for the food here, but their bloody marys are alone worth the trip.
Ok, 10 down, only 5 more to go!

boozings – Lemonnana At Zahav

Welcome back to another installment of boozings, where we try all of Philly’s Top 15 Drinks! Next up we go to Zahav, for the Lemonnana. This jim beam spiked lemonade is shaken and poured over ice in a tall glass, with muddled mint and lemon verbena. Well at least it’s supposed to be. In my case, it was muddled first, and then the ingredients were dumped into a giant pitcher, so there was very little shaking and the only pouring was done by us into many little glasses.

What’s a lemonnana? It’s basically a mojito, but with jim beam and lemons instead of rum and limes. It’s tasty. It’s refreshing. And it didn’t taste very strong. I’m not sure if we had ordered individual lemonnanas they would have been individually stronger. But the pitcher wasn’t that strong at all. And this surprised me, because all of the drinks on this top 15 list have been super strong, so far. If you’re going to drink a lot of this or have enough people to share, it’s definitely a good value to get the pitcher. The bartender who mixed our drinks is super talented. And we smelled many tasty dishes while having drinks. I wanted to eat at Zahav before, but now that I’ve been in it and smelled everything, I can’t wait much longer!

Ok, 9 down, only 6 more to go!
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