• Signature Drink: Second Fiddle

    Beatnik on the River’s best-selling cocktail is healthy-ish.

     
    FROM THE Winter 2019 ISSUE
     

The inspiration for this cocktail came from whiskey being the second-biggest seller in bars, hence playing “second fiddle” to vodka, says Benjamin Wood, bar director at Beatnik on the River, the latest concept from Bonhomme Hospitality Group that opened in summer 2018. A riff on a whiskey sour, “the unexpected combination of pineapple, turmeric and sumac salt make the cocktail rich and exotic,” says Wood. Plus, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric adds a little health boost to this warming, approachable sipper. Drink up!

INGREDIENTS
—.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
—1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
—.5 oz. turmeric syrup (to make, add 1 tsp. turmeric powder to 1 quart of simple syrup and stir to dissolve)
—1.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101 bourbon

DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker and shake; strain over ice. Serve in a double Old-Fashioned glass rimmed with sumac salt (equal parts sumac to Maldon sea salt flakes, ground together with a mortar and pestle). Garnish with half a pineapple wheel.  

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.

 

Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.

 

Sports tourism in Illinois is much more than just a seat in the stadium.