Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Places You Can Get Fernet: Sable in Chicago, IL

In the middle of my junior year of college, my girl and I went to the City of Broad Shoulders to visit a friend of mine from grade school who had moved out there while he and I were in high school. It was in the dead of winter; the harrowing part of Midwestern January. According to the weathermen, it was something like -40 with the wind chill. I didn't know if what the forecast said was true, I just know it was the coldest I'd ever been in my life. It still is.

The three of us still managed to brave the conditions and fought our way downtown. I wore my Red Wings jersey. At the Art Institute, we did this:
Of course we did.

I mention this not because it's particularly relevant; it's just to remind myself that I should contact the old friend and the girl more often. They are wonderful people and I miss them both.

What is quite relevant is this: you can get Fernet in Chicago. True fact.

A good hotel bar can be a traveler’s best friend, especially when it comes with a pedigree like that of the recently opened Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago’s Hotel Palomar. With a spirits selection curated by bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout and cocktails like the Fernet- and St. Germain-laced Ginger Dram and the strawberry- and mezcal-bedecked Speaking in Tongues being mixed by Violet Hour alum Mike Ryan, Sable is the perfect bar away from home.
 Sable is at 505 North State street, which according to the googlz is right downtown-ish. Picture goes here.

For the record, the Ginger Dram consists of:
  • 1 3/4 oz. single-malt scotch whisky 
  • 1 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 2 barspoons Fernet Branca
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes 
  • A dash of DA BEARS
  • Lemon twist
  • Served in a Nick & Nora glass
One of those ingredients may not be entirely serious.
Filed Under: Places you can get Fernet, Chicago, Fernet cocktails, Over-sharing and functional alcoholism, I don't get the ginger fascination I really don't, I'd buy Steve Bartman a shot dude deserves it


  1. Haha, i did the plumbing for that building, and everything for that bar. Its a nice place with some nice people.

  2. obviously the non serious ingredient is the single malt scotch. I love the Fernet, but the two should never meet in the same mouth, much less the same drink.

    Keep pushing the good green stuff!

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