Already an incredibly dynamic food and drink town, Chicago hardly needed another great bar and dining venue. But it got one with the recent opening of Tavernita, a new concept from the Mercadito Group. The trendy, River North area is home to this boisterous bar with an ambitious drinks and food program.
1 oz. Svedka vanilla vodka
½ oz. Frangelico
½ oz. Buttershots
½ oz. Kahlua
½ oz. Half and half
Drizzle chocolate syrup into a martini glass to make a design. Place one cherry in the bottom of the glass and one sliced cherry on the rim of the glass. Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well, strain and serve.
This holiday martini was created by Dez, the mixologist at the Double Hitch ranch, located outside Albany, NY.
Vanilla Chai Latte Martini
4 parts Yahara Bay chai tea vodka
1 part Half and half
Simple syrup to taste
Vanilla to taste
Dash of cinnamon
Combine vodka, cream and desired amount of simple syrup and vanilla into a mixing glass filed with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a few dashes of cinnamon.
This drink was sent to us by the mixologists at Yahara Bay Distillers, a small batch distillery in Madison, WI.
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Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, made using a blend from a 180-year-old pot still, is now available in the U.S. The 80-proof spirit has a soft almond taste, with nougat, peach, caramel and vanilla flavors, according to the company. Made in the world’s oldest operating distillery in the small town of Kilbeggan, which was founded more than 250 years ago, Kilbeggan is available for a suggested retail price of $23.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Kahlua Midnight is a new 70 proof mix of rum and black coffee available from Pernod Ricard USA. The creation is intended to be served chilled as a shot and followed by a fresh orange slice, according to the company. The company is debuting a new campaign, “It’s Midnight Somewhere,” to support the release on-premise. Kahlua Midnight is available for a suggested retail price of $23.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Parker’s Heritage Collection 2012
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