The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Slivovitz, Eastern Europe’s Favorite Brandy Some spirits require a bit of taste bud acclimation, and one of those spirits is Chicago’s Jeppson’s Malört.The bitter liqueur has turned into a calling card of sorts for the Windy City, despite causing most drinkers to recoil in disgust. Carl Jeppson Co., the makers of Malört, actually celebrates the liquid’s ability to make people hesitate to take the shot.Malört is a bäsk brännvin, a style of Schnapps from Sweden infused with wormwood, the same ingredient which gives absinthe its nasty reputation. It also has a similar anise flavor, with more burn.Among the mass immigration of Swedes in the early 1900s was Carl Jeppson, who settled in Chicago and began selling his drink following Prohibition, before selling the recipe to a Chicago distillery and building a brand beyond the Swedish population.Even then, Jeppson knew his product wasn’t meant for everyone.“My Malört is produced for that unique group of drinkers who disdain light flavor or neutral spirits,” Jeppson would say, according to the company.Malört hasn’t become much of an export—more than 90 percent is sold in Cook County—and instead is a calling card for Chicagoans to prove their worth and that of their visitors and guests.The bitter, herbal spirit is said to have some remedy for digestive issues and even hangovers, rooted in its Scandinavian heritage.The rise of bitter liqueurs the past decade—like Fernet, Cynar and Campari—are largely due in part because of the growing cocktail cultures developing in cities across the nation. Malört, on the other hand, is often a stunt and a way to ingrain someone in Chicago culture.Innovative Chicago bartenders are using the spirit more in cocktails, often as a rinse or as a replacement for bitter amaros.The company does promote several social media channels titled “Malört Face,” dedicated to showcasing drinkers’ first shots.“It is not possible to forget our two-fisted liquor,” the company says. “The taste just lingers and lasts – seemingly forever. The first shot is hard to swallow! Make it past two ‘shock-glasses’ and with the third you could be ours… forever” The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar The Best American Liqueur Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini
Saudi Arabia on Sunday defended the execution of the maid for the death of an infant in her care and hit back at international criticism of last week’s beheading. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia categorically rejects any interference in its affairs or in the provisions of its judiciary under any justifications,” a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency read.Human rights groups and the Sri Lankan government had lobbied for leniency in the case of Rizana Nafeek, who was convicted of killing her employers’ son in 2005. The family said she strangled the boy, Kayed bin Nayef bin Jazyan al-Otaibi, after being asked to bottle-feed him, but Nafeek said the infant accidentally choked on milk. (Colombo Gazette) The mother of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek has refused to accept any money from Saudi Arabia or Saudi nationals, reports from Muttur said today.Saudi Arabia had offered to pay money to Rizana’s family after the maid had been executed in Saudi Arabia recently over the death of a Saudi baby in her care. However Rizana’s mother has said she will not accept any assistance from Saudi Arabia and does not want any of them coming to her house.