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Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

The Drinks of Summer

Just like every summer needs an anthemic song, there also needs to be a signature drink. What "Crazy in Love" was to 2002, the Negroni slushie at Parson's Chicken & Fish was to 2013. See how that works? These are standout drinks that capture the essence of the season. They must be refreshing, vibrant, and unique. With summer around the corner, here are a few predictions on contenders for this year's drinks of summer 2015. 

 

Pub Royale
Mango lassi, Pub Royale



Right out of the gate, the drink with the most potential to become this year's icon is the boozy mango lassi at the brand new Pub Royale. This new Anglo-Indian pub in the former SmallBar Division space comes courtesy of Heisler Hospitality, the masterminds behind such spots as Sportsman's Club, Revel Room, Trenchermen, and Bar DeVille. With their latest concept, they brought on chef Jason Vaughan to spearhead a menu of British-inspired Indian food. To match, the bar program echoes with some Indian-accented cocktails, a realm largely unexplored in Chicago. The king of said cocktails is the boozy mango lassi, a genius idea that I can't believe hasn't taken off sooner than this, considering the obsession-level refreshment of a well made mango lassi in and of itself. Here, the bar ups the ante on the mango-yogurt libation by adding Bacardi and a generous dusting of paprika for a bit of heat. The drink tastes like a beachy vacation, wholly transportive and deeply enriching. This is what a summertime drink is all about. 

 

Bar Takito
Avocado shake, Bar Takito



Another drool-inducing player in the race for summer supremacy this year is the avocado shake at Bar Takito. The name seems like a bit of a misnomer, though, in that it's not actually an avocado milkshake, but rather a shaken avocado cocktail infused with some seriously novel ingredients. This thing is at once elegant and decadent, made with tequila, aloe vera liqueur, avocado, yogurt, cilantro, and coriander. Again we see yogurt as a cocktail ingredient, suggesting this year may very well be the year of the yogurt cocktail. I don't hate that. In this case, it's a lot less thick and smoothie-like than Pub Royale's lassi. The tequila and floral aloe vera liqueur serve to thin this thing out and add some verdant freshness. The avocado is rather muted, added here primarily for a smooth textural element, as well as lend some green eye candy. A hint of coriander rounds this thing out quite nicely and aromatically. 

 

The Promontory
Fortified cocktail, The Promontory



When it comes to summer refreshments, few drinks capture the guilty pleasure crown quite like a wine cooler. The wine-splashed cocktails, fruity and absurdly sweet, are like juice boxes for adults. But what happens when a bar takes the idea of a wine cooler and runs with it, turning it into something innovative, mature, and wonderful. The new fortified cocktails at The Promontory is what happens. This crafty Hyde Park destination is making their own "house White Zinfandel," by infusing wine into liquor and the results are glorious. Although it looks and tastes like a rosy white Zin, the new drink bursts with berry flavor. It's fun, it's quirky, and it's just what summertime happy hour needs. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Hyde ParkWest LoopUkrainian Village

An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu. Wildly popular Bar Takito features contemporary Latin American cuisine,...

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Anglo-Indian street food and booze is the name of the game at Pub Royale, the latest venture from Heisler Hospitality (Trenchermen, Bar DeVille, Sportsman's Club). Open for brunch, dinner, and...

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