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Best Bites and Sips of Summer 2015

Best Bites and Sips of Summer 2015

Best Bites and Sips of Summer 2015 @ Tanta

Best Bites and Sips of Summer 2015 @ Tanta

The best things we ate and drank in Chicago so far this summer.

 

Hate to shatter the illusion, but summer is ending soon. With August more than halfway over and Labor Day right around the corner, we’ll be in full-fledged pumpkin spice latte before you know it. Before that happens, now is an apt time to recall some of summer’s best bites and sips so far. Here are the greatest dishes of summer in Chicago 2015.

Pisco Punch at Tanta: I’ve consumed my fair share of cocktails this summer, believe you me. And none come close to the sheer blissful refreshment of Tanta’s seasonal pisco punch. One of their rotating draft cocktails, the all-important pisco punch is perfectly indicative of Tanta’s vibrant style, both in color and in bracing flavor. Upon a recent visit to this Peruvian bastion, I tried their latest version made with watermelon and paprika. It’s equal parts lustrous and luscious, made with Porton Pisco, watermelon water, lemon juice, and a splash of paprika syrup for spice.

 

Watermelon Agua Fresca at Antique Taco: In other quenching watermelon news, one of the standout agua fresca flavors at Antique Taco this month just so happened to be a watermelon version. Since watermelon is most deliciously consumed in beverage form, it makes perfect sense. This booze-free beverage tasted like a drinkable Jolly Rancher, with a potent punch of tang to help mellow the sweetness. It gives lemonade a run for its money at summer’s signature quaff…………… CONTINUE: