Drink of the Week


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Primary alcohol: Lindeman’s Framboise and Angry Orchard Hard Cider

This drink came to me by very enthusiastic recommendation from our waitress at Old Chicago, 75 Second St., Coralville. The Hummingbird made a quick first impression, its raspberry smell preceding the drink to the table and lingering even after the glass was empty. As intimidatingly rich as this fruit-beer mix may seem, the dark rose color of the drink is undeniably tempting.


I’m a sucker for sweet, and the Hummingbird certainly delivers. The apple of the Angry Orchard was perfectly balanced with the raspberry of the Lindeman’s, despite there being significantly less Framboise than cider beer in the mix. After the initial peck of flavor came a biting aftertaste, more because of the drink’s acidic fruit content than the alcohol. Who knew a beverage made purely of beer could be so sweet?


The lip-smacking sweetness of the Hummingbird is best suited for sipping; if you plan to conquer several drinks during dinner, you may want to stick with one of Old Chicago’s lighter cocktails or beers. The Hummingbird is also delicious in combination with the hearty foods served at Old Chicago, so pull up a pizza (I can vouch for the Chicago-style cheese), and enjoy.

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