Loco for Zoco

While in Spain for Madrid Fusión, I was handed a glass of the Basque digestif Pacharán (which is also known by its Basque name, Patxaran) by journalist Gerry Dawes. This slightly sweet, intensely flavored liqueur is a great end to a meal, served over ice. It’s made from a mix of anisette liqueur, sloe fruits, coffee beans, and vanilla. Zoco, the oldest and most popular brand, is difficult to find stateside (as many hounds attest), but it is definitely worth the hunt. Other brands such as Atxa and Ordoki are a bit easier to track down. But, if you can’t locate it near you, consider finding time for a trip to Basque Country and making room in your suitcase for a bottle.

Atxa Patxaran, $12.99

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