• Signature Drink: The Bathtub

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    An unusual "glass" makes this drink the hit of any event. 

The signature cocktail for River North speakeasy-style lounge Bassment is probably one of the most unusual drinks you’ve ever seen. Yet classic ingredients and a housemade cucumber syrup with a hint of heat are universally appealing. “This cocktail is a fun play on bathtub gin [a term for homemade spirits],” says its creator Greg Innocent, beverage director at Parker Restaurant Group, which owns Bassment. “It was meant to allow people to drink a fun cocktail, [as well as] post on all social media outlets … #forthegram.” 

INGREDIENTS
—2 oz. Tito’s Vodka
—.50 oz. St Germain liqueur
—.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
—.75 oz. cucumber jalapeño syrup*

DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Pour into the bathtub (or any vessel you desire) and top with lemon foam.

Cucumber Jalapeño Syrup

INGREDIENTS
—32 oz. simple syrup
—1 cucumber diced
—4 slices jalapeño

DIRECTIONS
Blend ingredients for one minute. Strain the mixture using a fine strainer to catch seeds and shedding. Bottle and refrigerate the syrup for future use.

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INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Sotol
—.5 oz. Luxardo Bitter Bianco
—.75 oz. lime juice
—.75 oz. mint simple syrup
—.25 oz. Amargo-Vallet
—soda
—mint

DIRECTIONS:
Combine Sotol, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, lime juice and mint simple syrup in a shaker, shake and strain into a Collins glass. Add ice and top with soda, slapped mint and a straw. Finally, top with an Amargo-Vallet float to create two distinct layers.

 

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