Parsons Batavia Arrack

Originally published

Jul 15, 2014


Batavia Arrack is not going to be a household name with most folks. My bottle has been sitting in my collection for about five years now. There is really no reason to break this bottle out unless making Swedish Punsch from scratch which is a bit silly considering it comes prebottled. This sub $40 spirit will be hidden at your local Binny's or neighborhood Lush. Good luck finding it anywhere else and if you see this hiding behind the bar make it a point to ask the bartender what they use it for. (assuming they are not slammed)

That is exactly what happened when visiting Parson's Chicken and Fish in Logan Square.  I enjoy visiting economically depressed Chicago neighborhoods and like all my previous visits, was pleasantly surprised with the entire package at Parson's. Great food with drinks that are probably difficult to make at home. They make a great slushy and with the name Negroni Slushy it satisfies my need to stay with the classics. Parson's also lists out their spirits on the menu with Batavia Arrack sitting towards the bottom. No one orders that spirit, you can even see the dust on that section of the menu. I asked the waitress (who was awesome): "hey if they are not busy can they make me something with Batavia Arrack? I don't care what it is. ".

The waitress returned with a Batavia Arrack Daiquiri. I'll shut up now. For those wondering, this is in my top five summer drinks. 

  • 1.5 ounce of Batavia Arrack
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup

Do the usual, shake here with ice. Serve strained with mint as a garnish. If you have big ice, go for it. 

Thanks Parson's!!!!


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