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The Downtown Vortex

It's hard for me to leave downtown without stopping into one of my favorite watering holes. And it's hard for me to leave one of my favorite downtown watering holes without stumbling into one of my other favorite watering holes nearby.

Yesterday I hit Bourbon & Branch for some investigative drinking. (The management is not so good at returning email or phone calls so I had to go to the source. ) The Rouge No. 10 (black pepper-infused gin and strawberries) is still on the menu temporarily, as is another farmer's market drink with peaches and the pepper gin. I'm all about the pepper so I had the peach drink as a change, which was good but the Rouge is better. I'm going back on Monday and they better still have it or I'm going to voice a strong objection. Fear my wrath!

I left with good intentions of going to the library afterwards but somehow I never made it there and stopped into Cantina instead. I'd missed the pisco party they held the previous Saturday, but Aaron was nice enough to make me one of the drinks from the special menu they served. Okay, two drinks. The Galapagos had peppercorn-infused syrup in it so you know I wanted that. The Blushing Lima had Cherry Heering in it, which I never knew actually tasted like cherries as it's usually used in small amount in classic cocktails. But in this drink it was alive. Alive!

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