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How to join Chicago’s new cocktail culture

Heirloom-tomato mojitonico

Heirloom-tomato mojitonico

Mixology has come a long way since the days when pouring rum into Coke and garnishing it with a lime was considered a fancy cocktail. Chicago “bar chefs” will teach you how to mix a mean modern drink in these classes:

  • Brasserie Jo, River North, “Summer Spirits,” Tuesday Aug. 18, $1.01.

    Beverage Director Erin Phillips teaches a bargain-priced lesson on French liqueurs with a cocktail tasting and passed appetizers. The martini Jo, summer thyme, la violette and kir royal Alsace cocktails feature.

  • Chen’s Chinese and Sushi, Wrigleyville, Martinis, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, $10.

    Participants will learn to make the lychee martini, pomegranate martini, electric blue martini and “students’ choice” while enjoying samples and appetizers. Each student gets a $20 gift certificate, too.

  • Adam Seger

    Adam Seger

  • Nacional 27, Heirloom-tomato cocktails, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, $20.

    Bar Chef Adam Seger uses organic produce and herbs from Nacional 27’s custom plot at Harvest Moon Farms to create heirloom-tomato mojitonico and gazpacho-and-tonic cocktails. Passed tapas, cocktails and recipe cards are included.


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