The H. G. Wells

Published On October 11, 2012 | By Russell van Kraayenburg | Bourbon, Cocktails

I can remember the first time I sank my teeth into the pungent, dense black block some people call candy. My young face scrunched up in disgust and protest. How could my dad like this pervasive snack? How could anyone snack on these candy-store pass overs?

Of course that didn’t stop me from trying the aquired-taste treats at least once a year. It became my mission to tolerate, like and even enjoy them. But every year I found myself making the same repulsed expression as I looked for a trashcan to spit it out. I could never bring myself to take more than just one bite

Then I grew up and like so many once repulsive foods (olives, vegetables, salt and vingear chips and alcohol to name a few) I began to appreciate licorice with its spicy anise like flavor and lingering aromatic notes. Anise, and it’s various liqueurs, are not unlike licorice. With a taste for it, the stuff can turn a bland drink into an exciting one. And when done right, a marvelous treat appears.

H. G. Wells must have had a lot of hair on his chest because this drink either requires it, or will put it there. This robust drink packs a strong anise punch with just a hint of sweetness and layers of bourbon and bitters. This is a drink that will warm you up in an instant and a drink that could surely cure any cold or ailment – in fact this is what I imagine 17th century elixers tasting like.

So, if you’re looking to test your poker face, this is the drink for you.

Russell is the boy behind the from-scratch baking blog, Chasing Delicious & the online retailer The Sweet Tooth Co.

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About The Author

is a born and bred Texan who's always looking for a way to add a little BBQ to his cocktail. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Boys Club and Founder and CEO of Rambunctious House Media, the food-obsessed company behind The Boys Club, Chasing Delicious, and thesweettooth.co. Follow Russell on twitter @rvank.

3 Responses to The H. G. Wells

  1. Brooks says:

    Russell, I harbor the same reactions to black licorice, but your compelling words might just warrant a poker face test with this libation. Well done!

  2. Kristen says:

    Seriously – this WILL put hair on your chest! Whoo!

  3. MikeVFMK says:

    2 comments? People are missing out!! Me? I think this is a bookmark-worthy, friday night necessity kind of cocktail. And part genius. Time to spread that word on a great cocktail missed!

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