Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Copperstill Bourbon Bar

I met some friends for an after work cocktail at the Copperstill Bourbon Bar. By the time I arrived, they had already drank a round.

I loved that the bar was the center of attention in this small joint. I grabbed a stool and joined by friends. I didn’t have to wait too long to place my drink order. Of course, I ordered the usual—brandy old fashioned sour. The bartender gave me a strange look, “Really?” I replied, “Yes, really.” “I don’t want you to look like a fool in a bourbon bar, so I’ll give you whiskey.”


He then proceeded to make my drink, which was a dash of sugar, a splash of soda, 7 dashes of bitters, a squirt of cherry juice from a ketchup looking bottle, then a squirt of lemon juice from a similar bottle. He then quickly muddled and added a shot of whiskey. The drink was finished with ice and soda.


The drink was definitely tart--I assume from the lemon juice, although the drink didn't actually taste lemony. The drink was not at all sugary, but in fact very light and almost tasteless. Simply just tart. It's hard to rate the drink based on my experience. I get joking around...I really do. But it came off not as much as a joke but snobby. I didn't appreciate it. $4 for a single shot drink. No thanks.

Rating (out of 5 olives)

Copperstill Bourbon Bar
211 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah

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