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.
Ogden's Own Distillery has bottled an elixir reminiscent of Two-bit Street's past. Underground is an herbal bitter meant for shots, but mixes well with many beverages.
The blend of 33 herbs, spices and flavors. The flavors include a mellow blend of cassia, angostura, anise, cardemom, gentian, yarrow, wormwood, mate, guarana, ginseng, molasses, orange oil, lemon oil, spearmint and pure cane sugar. Underground gets much of its sweetness from agave and plum extracts and uses half the sugar of similar liqueurs. The mixture is proofed to 80 (40% alcohol) and ready to be hand-bottled.
Underground is enjoyed as an ice cold shot, a digestif after meals, and mixes well with other liqueurs and mixers. Mixologists are encouraged to experiment and report their finds to Ogden's Own Distillery.