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Cocktail Challenge: beef stock 

A vegan mixologist thinks this challenge is a dick move

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The Whistler's Paul McGee named his concoction "A Dick Move" after Stephen Cole of the forthcoming Lincoln Park bar the Barrelhouse Flat challenged him with beef stock. "He knows I'm vegan and thought it would be funny," McGee says. "I took it a bit further and decided to make a jellied cocktail using gelatin (more animal parts) and serve it in a cow femur. It should be 'enjoyed' by eating it like bone marrow. The cocktail turned out to be boozy, slightly sweet, savory, and had a bitter finish."

Yes, he tried a bit, as did our photographer, Andrea Bauer, a vegetarian. "This is sick," she said. McGee agreed.

A Dick Move


click to enlarge The Whistler's Paul McGee - ANDREA BAUER
1 oz Wild Turkey rye
.5 oz Del Maguey Chichicapa mezcal
.5 oz Punt e Mes sweet vermouth
.5 oz Zucca Rabarbaro (or a bittersweet Italian amaro such as Cynar)
5 drops Bittercube orange bitters
10 drops beef stock

Place ingredients in a mixing glass along with one bar spoon of powdered gelatin. Add one ounce boiling water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Pour contents into the cow femur and refrigerate for two hours or until gelatin is set.

Who's Next: McGee has challenged Sterling Field of Sable Kitchen & Bar with nutritional yeast.

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