Milwaukee, WI – March 28, 2016
It was an unusually warm spring day that found me in Milwaukee’s Eastside at dinner time not too long ago. I have to admit that when I first moved to Milwaukee and heard people talk about the Eastside I really thought they were pulling my leg – I mean, c’mon, there is no east side to Milwaukee, it’s the lake for crying out loud! I finally asked a coworker one day and received the explanation that it was the area east of the Milwaukee River. Now that made sense!
Soooo, being in the neighborhood early evening for business led to staying there for dinner and then a cocktail (well, maybe two) at Fink’s. I enjoy the combination of neighborhood, slighty dive atmosphere (including the pinball machines at the back), friendly bartenders and the great craft cocktails. So while watching old black and white episodes of The Twilight Zone on the TV behind the bar I ordered a Big Trouble in Little Cynar from the seasonal drink menu.
What drew me in initially to the Big Trouble was the Old Overholt Rye (it’s been too long since I’ve had that) and the Cynar. I’m on a bitter kick these days and Cynar, the bittersweet artichoke liqueur fits the bill nicely. Rounding out the Manhattan style cocktail was Carpano Antica, a deep and luxurious sweet vermouth.
So, how was it? Delicious! So much so that I had two! The whiskey is there on the front and complimented with a slightly bitter and deep, smokey flavor on the back end.
The next time you find yourself on Milwaukee’s Eastside, definitely check out Fink’s!