Many a liquor can get you buzzed, but few are truly exceptional.
Evanston’s Few Spirits lives up to its name.
At the recently launched small-batch distillery, owner Paul Hletko crafts old-fashioned libations combining organic grains with traditional recipes.
Eleven botanicals (including hops grown in Hletko’s own backyard) merge to enhance clean, refreshing American gin; white whiskey is a smooth alternative to the dark stuff you’re used to. Each bottle has a vintage-throwback label.
Can’t make it to Evanston for a Saturday tour and tasting (though it’s worth the drive)? Watering hole Longman & Eagle barkeep Dino Balocchi was so impressed with the distillery’s creations that he added a Few cocktail to the menu. Below, his riff on the Last Word.
The Last Few Words
1½ oz. Few American Gin
½ oz. Fernet Branca
½ oz. Yellow Chartreuse
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1. Chill a coupe glass.
2. Pour all ingredients into a build (pint glass or shaker build).
3. Add 3-4 cold draft ice cubes, shake, and strain into coupe.
Photo: Courtesy of Few Spirits