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Adam Seger’s World of Boozy Entrepreneurship And Life With Hum

Since his days behind the bar at Nacional 27, Adam Seger has been a key player in the craft spirits movement not only in Chicago, but around the world. Now fully entrenched in his own entrepreneurial endeavors, Seger reflects on his journey, his goals, and what’s next.   “It’s scary and exhilarating and challenging to […]

Bourbon and barbecue meet in the Loop

It’s Whiskey Wednesday this week at Encore Liquid Lounge. The watering hole at Hotel Allegro in the Loop hosts a boozy barbecue evening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, featuring a three-course dinner paired with Knob Creek bourbon and rye. Dinner starts with a spring salad of organic greens, plum tomatoes, asparagus, red onions, pine […]

Quartet of Mexican cuisine’s top chefs to gather in Chicago

Mexico City chef Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil) and New York City’s Alex Stupak (Empellon) join Chicagoans Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and others) for a two-day celebration of contemporary Mexican cuisine, “Mod Mex,” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at Frontera Grill in River North. Saturday’s event, “Mod Mex: The New Face […]

Mixologists muddle in River North tonight

Tonight, Untitled in River North launches “The Monthly Muddle,” sponsored by Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The event mixes up bartenders from craft cocktail pros in Chicago and from across the country. Starting at 8 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month, beginning today, a visiting bartender, a Chicago bartender and Untitled’s resident mixologist, Jacqueline […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during the 1862 Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, it’s not nearly the celebration it is in Chicago, which makes it a festival kicking off the spring season. Of course, most Mexican eateries are offering May […]

Three West Loop places to taste the hard stuff

There’s more to drink than chardonnay and craft beers. Check out these West Loop tastings of stronger spirits. Porkchop in the West Loop introduces a whiskey flight program. Their high-proof trios, which include tastings of bourbons, ryes, Irish whiskeys and scotches, range from $15 to $22, and they’ll throw in a slider for another $6. […]

Drink this! Sweet, hot and rummy

What it is: The chilly December weather calls for a warming drink: Hot buttered rum starts with a spiced, buttery “batter” blended with rum and hot water. Where it comes from: Hot buttered rum and similar rum toddies were created in Colonial America, and was a favorite tipple of 18th-century politicians, who reportedly plied prospective […]

Ten places to go on Black Wednesday, Chicago 2012

The eve of Thanksgiving has come to be called “Black Wednesday, ” suppose by extension from Black Friday, the post-holiday shopping day that — it’s to be hoped — puts retailers in the black. The pre-Thanksgiving night out gets people in a celebratory mood as they congregate with family and friends. Of course, maybe it’s […]

Prohibition is finally over in Evanston

Once the center of the country’s temperance movement, and dry for many years following the end of Prohibition, Evanston now boasts its own distillery, Few Spirits. Evanston’s Quince restaurant celebrates with a four-course, four-cocktail dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Chef Andy Motto’s menu uses several ingredients grown in Quince’s on-site garden, paired with […]

Eat this! Gin, from the Netherlands via the U.K.

What it is: A clear alcoholic beverage, gin is distilled from grain and infused with juniper and other aromatic herbs and spices. Four styles exist: “London dry gin,” named for that city’s once-significant distilleries, is the dominant type, crisp and clean tasting, with citrus accents and a high proof. Locally, Gordon’s makes this style in […]