signature drink

Signature Drink Blueberry Lemonade Old Fashioned

Scott Castillo-Milburn, owner of mobile bartending service Classic Cocktails by Scott, developed this recipe last summer for a client who was looking for a bourbon-based drink that would feel seasonal and light for an evening party. The night ended with everyone who’d tried it asking for the recipe, and Castillo-Milburn has since replicated it at 10 events. He’s kept the drink a secret—until now. You can hire his company to create this drink for an event, create a new signature cocktail, or even obtain general liability or liquor liability insurance for your venue.  

Signature Drink: The Sloe Burn

Situated at the thriving intersection of Chicago’s Six Corners in Wicker Park, Café Robey combines modern American dining with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a new menu and drink program. Head chef Kevin McAllister churns out delectable menu items like pastrami-style duck and brioche french toast, while the new drink menu offers delights such as this Sloe Burn.

Signature Drink: Paper Airplane

Nestle into fall with this frothy whiskey drink from Marshall’s Landing. The “Paper Airplane” is just one of many craft cocktails offered by the new lounge and restaurant located in the Merchandise Mart. Customers will also find chef-inspired seasonal menus, artisanal coffee and a fullservice bar in a casual, vibrant atmosphere. The spot, named for the famous Marshall Field and operated by the DMK Restaurant group, also has catering options, private meeting selections and customized event spaces available.

Signature Drink: Green Mountain Dynamite

Guests of the JW Marriott in Chicago can feel better about indulging in an after-dinner drink when choosing selections from the hotel’s Cocktails with a Purpose program. Recipes like “Green Mountain Dynamite” were created by Tippling Bros. with the guidance of nutritionist Keri Glassman. The idea: to create healthier cocktails that still provide a tasty experience

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Absolut Citron
—.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
—.75 oz. maple syrup
—a pinch of cayenne powder
—3 dashes of Urban Moonshine Organic Maple Bitters 

Signature Drink: Blood and Sand

Restaurateur Amy Morton recently opened her latest Evanston dining space, The Barn, housed in a former 19th-century brick farmhouse. The “meatcentric hideaway” is a far cry from her veggie hot spot Found, and is an homage to her family lineage (her dad founded the Morton Steakhouse chain). In addition to hearty plates sourced by local farms, Beverage Director Michelle Sallemi whips up a classic cocktail menu with a number of twists, as seen in this spicy tequila drink.

Signature Drink: Jimmy Two Times

Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, il Porcellino is one of the latest ventures from the Lettuce Entertain You group, offering a cozy restaurant honing in on classic Italian-American comfort food. Seasonal menus feature homemade pastas that use locally sourced ingredients, plus a wide-ranging cocktail program. The Jimmy Two Times was inspired by the movie “Goodfellas” and boasts the flavors of rye whiskey, ginger and grapefruit.

Signature Drink: "Bo Knows This"

After a two-year hiatus from the restaurant world, chef Jason Vincent is back with Giant. The 40-seat spot in Logan Square offers classic Midwestern dishes from the culinary genius named Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” and a winner of the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award. General Manager and Partner Josh Perlman will oversee Giant’s beverage program, which includes a boutique wine and beer list and classic cocktails like this one—named after A Tribe Called Quest song.

Signature Drink: The Querétaro

There’s a world of flavors out there and Arbella aims to try them all. The new River North cocktail lounge, from the VBD Hospitality team behind Peruvian restaurant Tanta, describes itself as “an energetic, sophisticated social gathering place celebrating the art of mixology with a sense of travel and exploration.” The spirit shows in this drink inspired by a summertime refresher of lime sorbet topped off with red wine often sold in Mexican street markets.

Signature Drink: O'Leary's Cow

Instead of serving Manhattan after Manhattan, Staytion Market & Bar decided to go a little more local with a menu of Chicago-centric cocktails after recently opening in the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. O’Leary’s Cow, of course, recalls the poor scapegoat of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and is one of the new signature drinks that go well with a selection of small plates.

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