Rachel Fell is ready to serve you Tom Waits in a glass.
Rachel Fell is ready to serve you Tom Waits in a glass.

Paint The Town Red: Rachel Fell's "Little Trip To Heaven"

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Little Trip To Heaven
3 parts Maker's Mark Bourbon
1 part Masala-Ginger syrup

Like Distil's Mathias Simonis, bartender Rachel Fell, who pours at Nessun Dorma, 2778 N. Weil St., named her drink after one of her favorite Tom Waits tunes.

"For me, Tom Waits sings bourbon," she says.

Like the Waits song, the "Little Trip To Heaven" cocktail has a rich heaviness and a spicy sass. Overall, it’s thick -- even a little syrupy -- with a gingery bite. Because of its strong ginger flavor and substantial body, I consider this to be a "one and done" drink. Certainly not one to knock back all night.

Instead, this bourbon drink is made to savor while watching bourbon-colored leaves float to the ground. It’s ideal for sipping while reflecting or, as the name suggests, while listening to autumn’s brooding soundtrack.


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