Underground Herbal Spirit is America's First Herbal spirit.
Technically a liqueur, Underground is different than most other liqueurs on the market. How? It starts with less sugar. A liqueur is defined as having 2.5% added sugar by weight. Yet, shockingly, most of the well-known liqueurs exceed 20% sugar by weight. That’s a lot of sugar. Underground uses about half the raw sugar that other brands use. The difference is immediately noticeable as the lower amount of sugar creates a less-viscous, less-syrupy shot that doesn't coat the your mouth with a sugar mixture that lays waste to the taste buds. Instead, with Underground, you taste the blend of 33 herbs, spices and flavors as they come through for a sweet, yet, complex flavor experience.
The flavors include a mellow blend of cassia, angostura, anise, cardemom, gentian, yarrow, wormwood, mate, guarana, ginseng, molasses, orange oil, lemon oil, spearmint, pure cane sugar, agave and plum.
At 80 proof (40% ABV), Underground Herbal Spirit is also higher proof than most liqueurs. Yet,most people who try it are surprised by it's smoothness and even more surprised to learn it has a stronger alcohol content that what they are used to drinking.
With a higher proof and half the sugar, Underground is a great mixer in unique cocktails and shots. A simple cocktail Underground and cranberry, or ginger ale, are a couple of the local favorites.
Underground is more than a liqueur, it is a spirit with incredible versatility, complexity and taste as evidenced by its Double-Gold Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and being selected as the Best Liqueur in the America's at the Spirits of the America's Competition.
The origins of Underground are as complex as the 33 herbs and flavors inside the bottle.
From the late 1800's to the mid 1900's setting foot off of the train in Ogden was often a life changing experience for a transcontinental rail traveler. The train station sat as the root of the infamous Two-bit Street.
"Any man's desire fulfilled for two bits." Two-bit/25th Street was a hedonist's paradise. With no trouble from the law, a man could gamble, drink bootleg liquor, spend time with an unfamiliar lady, smoke opium, or befall a worse fate.
Two-bit's dens of iniquity were all connected in their basements by a network of tunnels. It is rumored that there were miles of them. One can only imagine what activities went on underground.
Touted as "Little Chicago" for years, even Al Capone commented that Ogden was too wild for his tastes.
It is from this history that Ogden's Own Distillery has bottled a spirit with the diversity and uniqueness of Two-bit Street's past.
Mixologists are encouraged to experiment and report their finds to Ogden's Own Distillery.
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