Since I don’t get back to my hometown very often, when I do, I usually have half a trillion people asking me to pop by for a visit. I’ve found a cure for letting down almost all of these half a trillion people. I’ll just pick a place to go and hang out and people can come find me. That’s what I did. HotGirlsBrother and I have gone to Icons a number of times when we’ve both been home for Christmas, so after a brief conference call with my little brother on the drive down to the Quad Cities, I decided I’d meet people here. Icons has fantastic girly drinks, and that’s what I was looking for.
I was in town for my class reunion which was being held at the Blue Cat Brew Pub across the street from Icons. So basically, I was doing a little pre-drinking before I showed up and met people I haven’t seen in hundreds of years. Thankfully, a small horde of people showed up to hang out at Icons with me while I primed my liver for a long evening with classmates.
I started with a Sgt. Diego martini – a horchata martini with Rumchata, vodka, and “surprises”. I never found out what the surprises were, but I probably drank it too fast to figure it out. One of the best martinis I’ve ever had, honestly. Simply amazing.
I moved on to the Muhammad Ali – a chocolate covered cherry martini. Amaretto, Bailey’s, some chocolate syrup on the glass, and a cherry in the bottom. Stellar drink. I like them sweet, and this nailed it.
I finished our little happy hour with a Fab Four – the greatest chocolate martini ever (so Icons claims). Guinness, Godiva Original Chocolate liqueur, Bailey’s, and Amaretto (and some chocolate syrup in the glass for this one, as well). This was a great finisher. I couldn’t taste the beer, which worked out well, but I had a yummy chocolate taste in my mouth the whole walk across the street to the reunion. … where I promptly jettisoned the chocolate flavor by drinking 8 glasses of Glenmorangie Single-Malt Scotch.
Icons is one of the best martini bars I’ve ever been to and I sometimes forget to go there when I’m in town. I’ll need to make a special point to put it on my calendar so I remember the next time. Delicious.
Finally, I can’t express enough thanks to my amazing friends that came to Icons to meet me. I miss all of you way more than I even express and wish I could bring all of you back home with me.