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If you're in Chicago and you are celebrating (who isn't?), Drumbar has just announced the launch of their fall cocktail menu, #CocktailsandChill. With cool, clubby furniture and a plethora of delicious cocktails, they channel the best of speakeasy spirit. Tempt yourself by reviewing their full menu here Caution: the whimsical mixology will make you want to run to the rooftop bar atop Chicago's luxe Raffaello Hotel. Happy hour is 8pm - 10pm.
With "Game of Thrones", on extended hiatus, my new heroine is Whitney Morrow, Drumbar's beverage manager, who, with the Drumbar team, developed a range of cocktails based on various Netflix shows.
Genius. Inspired by Chicago’s upcoming winter hibernation and unavoidable Netflix binging, they ranked each cocktail on a five star scale from chill to boozy, with five stars being the most alcohol-infused. Additionally, each beverage reflects its corresponding show either in personality or in appearance.
My favorite binge-worthy show, Orange is the New Black, represents with a bright orange cocktail made with Rhine Hall Mango Brandy, lemon, salted sweet potato syrup and Grand Marnier.
Thai Bitters give this drink a hot and tangy flavor, which contrasts with its fall-spice top notes.
Drumbar was kind enough to share the recipe below:
Orange Is The New Black Recipe
.75 oz Rhine Hall Mango Brandy
.5 oz grand mariner
1 oz salted sweet potato syrup
.75 oz lemon juice
Dash angostura bitters
Dash Thai spice bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin (aka cocktail shaker), shake and then strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice.
Rhine Hall is a distillery located right in Downtown Chicago. Small batches of fruit brandies made with quality ingredients are the hallmark of the brand.
It sounded so delicious I gave recreating it a shot and was delighted. I paired it with a show called "The Code" and some Pumpkin Spice Mochi. Hibernation comes naturally to me---especially after a couple of these boozy treats. The sweet potato gave it a roundness, the spice and heat piqued my taste buds and my housemade mango-whiskey elixir was Taystee.
As the season for celebrating gets underway for everyone, not just Cubs fans, sharing a cocktail and an episode or two (or four) with friends who finally have time, is a great way to make an event out of a rainy Wednesday. Many thanks to Drumbar for the inspiration, recipes and invitation to experience these cocktails by your crackling fire. I might just take you up on it!