Celebrate #NationalMartiniDay with one of our favorite cocktails created by the mixology team from The Winebow Group!
OK, maybe we haven’t had ideal Spring weather yet, but that just makes us look for our favorite Spring drinks all the more. Gin is near the top of that list. If you’ve been in the stores recently, you likely have noticed a flood of new gins. Here is a highlight of a few of the most interesting new entries to this booming category:
This cheeky cocktail is sour and bitter with a sweet finish. It reminds us of a melted Popsicle on a hot summer day. Bartender Angie selected the gin for its key lime and juniper flavors. It’s distilled locally in the heart of Chicago at CH Distillery on Randolph Street, just less than two miles from both our Downtown and South Loop locations.
When it comes to summer cocktails, nothing quite beats gin. Crisp, complex, and refreshing, gin is an adaptable spirit showcasing a broad range of flavors: from citrus to pine to spice and many others. Just as versatile as vodka, with the added bonus that it isn’t vodka, gin is the perfect cocktail base to beat the heat. Here are some of our local favorites in this week’s
Whiskey Gin Hotline.
Founded in 2010 by Colin Keegan, Santa Fe Spirits is the perfect marriage between a malt loving Englishman, and his adopted home in the Southwest. This distillery is quite exciting, as they combine time-honored traditions in whisky making with the unique terroir of Santa Fe. From magenta flowers found blooming on cacti, to sage and mesquite, unique flavors offer a breath of fresh air into the world of spirits.
The Vesper is a cocktail famously knows as James Bond’s signature cocktail. It is gin forward with citrus and sweet flavors. This cocktail isn’t for the weak. It’s strong, mighty and may cause chest hair growth.
Consider this sweet and irresistible cocktail your new brunch go-to. It pairs well with a big pile of french toast or a plate of egg bennies. It’s refreshing and is 10x better when enjoyed outside. On a patio. Under the sun. Listening to 311. (Talk about a throwback) Can you tell we’re ready for warmer weather?
Bartender Angie built this cocktail around memories she had with her Grandmother. They would often take a drive in the fall down Sheridan Road from the city up to Highland Park and watch all of the leaves change color. Additionally, the rum of choice is Angie’s favorite, and she was quite pleased to find that the port mixed perfectly with the gin and bitters.
Veel Geluk, which means ‘good luck’ in Dutch, is a mix of genever from Holland and raspberry liqueur. If you’ve ever had genever you are aware it can be tough to swallow on its own. When mixed with the raspberry liquor the sweetness balances out the bitterness of the gin. Bartender Angie created this cocktail and enjoys mixing it up for her husband. Give it a try at the Lincoln Park Tasting Room, or mix one up at home.
You’ve never had a gimlet? What are you waiting for? It’s a classic combination of gin, lime and soda. Easy peasy. This refreshingly crisp cocktail delights with Sunday brunch, dinner salad or hummus and cheese. Our addition of basil gives the classic a savory twist. You’ll feel good drinking it, considering the herb’s great heath benefits. Make sure to muddle the basil into granulated sugar – the sugar’s sharp crystals tear open the basil to release its flavor.
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