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Chicago-based cocktail creator and stylist with an emphasis on natural, fresh and imaginative recipes

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Pumpkin Scotch Cocktail
The last cocktail of my Thanksgiving series is a spiced and creamy dessert drink suitable as either a… read more>
The last cocktail of my Thanksgiving series is a spiced and creamy dessert drink suitable as either a replacement or pairing for pumpkin pie. As an added bonus, it features an ingredient I have previously found intimidating - scotch whiskey. I encourage you to push the limits and never stop exploring new products in your recipes as the resulting growth is incredibly rewarding
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Peach Lavender Boardwalk Bay
Planning festivities for the 4th of July? Whip up the Boardwalk Bay in bulk to treat your guests to an… read more>
Planning festivities for the 4th of July? Whip up the Boardwalk Bay in bulk to treat your guests to an unforgettable cocktail experience. Featuring peach lavender syrup, lemon, bourbon and cold brewed black tea, this cocktail is a wonderfully unconventional and refreshing take on the classic whiskey sour. Thanks to @belenaquinophoto for the amazing photography and to @gathervintagetables for the stunning glassware!
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Inventive coffee shop by day and chill cocktail bar with impeccable attention to detail by night, @ipsento on… read more>
Inventive coffee shop by day and chill cocktail bar with impeccable attention to detail by night, @ipsento on the 606 never disappoints. Did you know they now also serve food Wednesday - Sunday nights? @harlequin137 and I had the perfect laid back evening here this past Friday with a slew of delectable small plates and these lovely concoctions (Oh Hello on the left and Irish Sour on the right). If you're local to Chicago, it's worth a visit (or many) 😉
Trying to start the week off with a burst of energy? This bright and earthy Mate Manhattan should do the… read more>
Trying to start the week off with a burst of energy? This bright and earthy Mate Manhattan should do the trick. Visit the rye whiskey section of the blog archives to read more about it! 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glass and tray: @gathervintagetables
Take time to appreciate the transience of nature and the richness of Japanese culture with the Philosopher's… read more>
Take time to appreciate the transience of nature and the richness of Japanese culture with the Philosopher's Path. This drink features @deathsdoorspirits gin, matcha syrup, rose water, @bittercube cherry bark vanilla bitters, lemon and egg white. Get all the details and the recipe on the blog: http://valcohol.co/blog/2017/4/13/philosophers-path 🔸 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glasses and tray: @gathervintagetables
These @deathsdoorspirits gin-based beauties are inspired by spring in Japan and will be hitting the blog for… read more>
These @deathsdoorspirits gin-based beauties are inspired by spring in Japan and will be hitting the blog for your enjoyment tomorrow 🌼 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glasses and tray: @gathervintagetables
I fell in love with the speakeasy vibe and Cuban-themed drinks at @sparrowchicago this weekend after lots of… read more>
I fell in love with the speakeasy vibe and Cuban-themed drinks at @sparrowchicago this weekend after lots of much-need laughs at Zanies Comedy Club. It was so refreshing to find a spot for conversation and thoughtful cocktails in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. I enjoyed the very dangerous Twelve Mile Limit, featuring young and old rums, rye, cognac, pomegranate grenadine and lemon.
When the folks at @bleustormvodka shared one of their beautiful bottles with me, I knew I wanted to create… read more>
When the folks at @bleustormvodka shared one of their beautiful bottles with me, I knew I wanted to create something bright and fruit forward. Quality vodka disappears so flawlessly in drink, allowing the other ingredients to shine. I tend to take advantage of whatever fruit is on sale at the grocery store and seeing perfectly ripe strawberries led me to one of my favorite combos - strawberry sage lemonade 🍓🌿 This drink is perfect for springtime entertaining as the syrup can be made in bulk and the other ingredients are straightforward. SAGE AWAKENING 🔸2 oz @bleustormvodka 🔸1.5 oz strawberry sage syrup* 🔸Juice of 1/2 lemon To make cocktail, shake all ingredients with ice until chilled and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh sage. *To make syrup, add 1 cup chopped strawberries, 1.5 cups water and 1/4 cup sugar to a small saucepan​. Cover and bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Once strawberries can be broken apart with a spoon, add 4 sage leaves and simmer for 5 more minutes. Strain through a mesh strainer and allow to cool. Excess can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Cheers to the weekend, friends - we made it🥂 What will you be drinking to unwind? Check out the latest post on… read more>
Cheers to the weekend, friends - we made it🥂 What will you be drinking to unwind? Check out the latest post on the blog (link in profile) if you want a bit of energy with your booze ✨ 🔸 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glass: @gathervintagetables
Try replacing sweet vermouth with yerba mate syrup for an energizing twist on the classic Manhattan. This… read more>
Try replacing sweet vermouth with yerba mate syrup for an energizing twist on the classic Manhattan. This variation features the sweet and spicy @kovaldistillery four grain whiskey, earthy and invigorating yerba mate and bright and aromatic @hellacocktailco citrus bitters. I have the brilliant @wintersmiths ice chest design to thank for those crystal clear ice spheres (you can snag your own for 10% off with the code "valcohol"). 🔸 Check out the full details and recipe on the blog: http://valcohol.co/blog/2017/4/5/mate-manhattan 🔸 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glasses, tray, tea jar: @gathervintagetables Ice tongs: @westelm