kelly magyarics

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Poste's new after dinner sipper

After dinner at Poste Brasserie the other evening, mixologist Rico Wisner brought us out a sneak peak of a new after dinner drink he's designed for the menu. Called the XO Macchiato, his new cocktail contains Patron XO Tequila, Fernet Branca (a bitter Italian digestivo), and a shot of espresso, and is topped with steamed milk and a coffee bean and served straight up in a cool cocktail glass.

The first thing that hit me was the aroma of eucalyptus. Fernet Branca's full ingredient list is a guarded secret, but includes myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and saffron (and there's gotta be something minty in there too...) Since the after dinner, coffee-esque drinks I'm used to are typically sweet (with Kahlua, Frangelico, Bailey's, etc.) this was pleasantly bitter and stays true to the purpose of a digestivo in the first place--to settle your stomach after a big meal. Albeit with a nice little espresso and milk kick.

Rico is working on his fall cocktail menu, and the XO Macchiato, and lots of other great options, will be available soon.