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Drink Thu Oct 24 2013
British 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.