9 Cocktails to Try This Fall

Fulton Grace hunted down the freshest cocktails, so you didn’t have to. Submit to spices. Disco with the devil. Embrace orange. Get too comfortable with The Zombie, though, and your drinks are numbered.

Pick: Beatnik, West Town
Poison: The Color of Crocus

The_Color_of_Crocus.jpg

Courtesy/Beatnik

First up is this “true to hue” shaken beauty. The bright and florally-inspired concoction summons Aguardiente, Lemon, Carrot, Saffron, and Ginger. Who can we thank for all that orange? The visionaries behind West Town’s latest entrant, Beatnik, where rich worlds and even more opulent beverages are mixed. Order The Color of Crocus over dinnertime musings or at brunch opposite a chai cinnamon roll.

Pick: CH Distillery, West Loop/Fulton Market
Poison: Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt.jpg

Courtesy/CH Distillery

An occult creation you’ll want to stalk. Chicago’s favorite distillery just showered us with some frisky, new cocktails, and this pick induces flight. CH Rum, the loaded CH-Dogma Amargo de Chile, Allspice, Vanilla, and Ginger transport the drinker through all kinds of warmth. Fear not the flames.

Pick: The Violet Hour, Wicker Park
Poison: Hungry for Apples

IMG_0095.JPG

Courtesy/Melissa Blackmon and Violet Hour

We liken this cocktail to wandering through an apple orchard with a divine buzz. Trade lugging a bag of red and green fruit for nursing this spiced libation. Supernatural bartenders at Wicker Park’s acclaimed speakeasy craft the Laird’s BIB Apple Brandy-based drink. We dare you to fall.

Pick: The Heavy Feather, Logan Square
Poison: Disco Devil

Disco_Devil2.jpg

Courtesy/The Heavy Feather

Temptation never tasted so good. This brand new option from The Heavy Feather’s Fall 2017 menu lurks in your dizziest 70s nightmare. Plot twist, you love it. Bow to the Blanco Tequila, Ginger Liqueur, Lime, Blackberry, and Rubin Grapefruit Liqueur at play in the punchy Disco Devil.

Pick: Three Dots and a Dash, River North
Poison: The Zombie

10911333_411449499009651_4520643845411319779_o.jpg

Courtesy/Three Dots and a Dash

This ritual begins with an offering of Jamaican and Overproof Rums, a little spice, and a lot of fruit. Call on 2-3 willing participants to help you rattle the undead. Tiki proprietors at Three Dots and a Dash promote an atmospheric escape to accompany every, mystifying sip.

Pick: The Barrelhouse Flat, Lincoln Park
Poison: Punchy Hands

Punchy_Hands.jpg

Courtesy/The Barrelhouse Flat

Scotch is always in season, but a hint of maple earns Punchy Hands a spot on this roster. Combine the two with Varnelli Punch, Lemon, Orange, and Club Soda, and you’ll imbibe the sweet, zesty nectar only autumnal beings understand. 2624 N Lincoln Ave provides.

Pick: Split-Rail, West Town
Poison: Pumpkin Spice Flip

IMG_7822.JPG

Courtesy/Split-Rail

Split-Rail rode into town June 9th, but Pumpkin Spice Flip bespeaks the “now.” An elixir of Plantation Original Dark Rum, Cardamaro, Allspice Dram, Pumpkin, Vanilla, Nutmeg, and a Whole Egg raises your encounter with a fall favorite. Like most of their menu, traditional comfort crosses into unforeseen territory with mad delicious results.

Pick: Prairie School, West Loop
Poison: Quickstep

CulpsCocktails-PrairieSchool_Quickstep-crop.jpg

Courtesy/Brian Culp

What better way to celebrate nature and its metamorphoses than with a beverage from just-opened Prairie School. A blend of Plymouth Gin, Lustau ‘Don Nuño’ Oloroso Sherry, Concord Grapes, Umeboshi Vinegar, and Leopold Brothers Absinthe educates the senses. Bartender extraordinaire Jim Meehan and Heisler Hospitality (Bad Hunter, Sportsman’s Club) showcase drinks of an anticipated, soaring caliber.

Pick: The Duck Inn, Bridgeport
Poison: Autumn Kaleidoscope

Autumn_Kaleidoscope.png

Courtesy/The Duck Inn

If sprawling out in a heap of fallen foliage sounds ideal, meet Autumn Kaleidoscope. The Bridgeport native suppresses the need for any other time of year. The Duck Inn harvests Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey, Becherovka, Catskill Provisions New York Honey, Tempus Fugit Creme de Noyaux, Barkeep Baked Apple Bitters, and Burnt Fall Leaves for your local, drinking pleasure.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s