Spoiler alert: There’s a boozy finish to the Netflix and Chai.
If you’re anything like me, you googled the phrase “Netflix and chill” back in 2015 and were positively scandalized to learn that teenagers have been using the innocent-sounding phrase as a euphemism for hooking up. Youths!
But for those who are past the age of inviting a date over to “watch a movie” in your parents’ basement, you can take your sweetheart out for drinks at Forequarter, the romantic and cozy little spot on East Johnson Street. And if you’d like to signal your intentions further, they even have a cocktail called Netflix and Chai. It’s a delicious choice, regardless of your feelings about meme culture or puns.
The drink is made with chai-infused vodka, rum, honey and grapefruit. It’s shaken to a froth and served up, garnished with a fancy twist of orange. The chai spices — cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, clove — lend a warm, complex counterpoint to the acidity of the grapefruit and the sweetness of the honey, and the clear spirits give a nice boozy finish to the drink.
While I can’t offer any guarantees that this drink will improve your romantic life, it’s definitely a step up from bingeing on movies and boxed wine — which, let’s be honest, is how most grownups do Netflix and chill.