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Drink Thu Oct 24 2013

Are Bartenders Coughing Up Furballs?

fernet branca and fireball whiskeyBritish email newsletter Popbitch claims Chicago bartenders have a new trick up their sleeve.

Bartenders in Chicago have a new practical joke. They're putting round a rumour that there's a hot new drink in town - the Furball: a cocktail of Fireball whisky and Fernet Branca.

They take great pleasure in mixing up the ungodly concoction for any unsuspecting hipster who orders one - and then watch with glee as they try to choke it down.

I've never heard of this, and found no evidence on the web or Twitter of this actually happening. My guess is that one bartender did it one time in the presence of Popbitch's source, and it became a "trend." I did come across a recipe for Fernet and Fireball, under the name Firebird. I also came across a strange commercial for Fernet 1882.

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Patric King / October 31, 2013 3:15 PM

Popbitch has a history of regurgitating bullshit. here's another example (which also got regurgitated by The Guardian):

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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