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The Violet Hour Woolworth Manhattan

Cocktail: Meet the Woolworth Manhattan coming at you from The Violet Hour circa. 2008. A riff on what’s known as a “Black Manhattan” by Michael Rubel (@_denim.on.denim of @estereo_chicago) who was The Violet Hour’s first Bar Manager, this drink is a classic.
2.0oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
.75 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
.25 oz Cynar
9 drops Angostura Bitters

Glass: Coupe
Ice: None
Garnish: Cherry
12 drops Homemade Root Beer Bitters

The Violet Hour Pisco Sour

Cocktail: Iron Cross by Toby Maloney. This cocktail is an enhanced version of the Pisco Sour that takes the basic recipe and transforms it into an intense floral experience.
2.0 oz Pisco
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 egg white
3 drops orange blossom water
2 dashes Grapefruit
Angostura bitters (garnish)

Add everything but the Angostura to a shaker without ice and “mime” shake. This silent action premixes the ingredients and builds a protien emulsion. Add ice and shake very hard until your arm is sore. Allow the drink to settle a moment, then strain it into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish the surface with drops of Angostura bitters and swirl them with a toothpick.

In addition to these cocktails The Violet Hour has many more listed on their instagram profile (@violethourchicago) as well as a virtual cocktail class.

Sailor Jerry Backyard Tea

Cocktail: Backyard Tea by Ashley Thomas, Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador

Ashley Thomas’ Instagram: @theoriginalashe
2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 part iced tea
2 parts lemonade

Method: Serve on the rocks, garnished with a lemon.

Reyka Orange Crush

Cocktail: Reyka Orange Crush by Trevor Schneider, Reyka Vodka Brand Ambassador

Trevor Schneider’s Instagram: @cocktailninja
1.5 parts Reyka Vodka
3 part fresh orange juice
Top sprite OR soda

Method: build by combining all ingredients.

Glass: Pint glass
Garnish: orange slice

Flor de Cana Rum Boulevard

Cocktail: Rum Boulevard by Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons

Charlotte Voisey’s Instagram: @charlottehdovoisey
1 part Flor de Cana 7
¾ parts Campari
¾ part Sweet Vermouth

Method: Combine ingredients and stir well. Strain over a large block of ice in a rocks glass. Spritz and garnish with a large orange peel.

Freshest Margarita

Cocktail: The Freshest Margarita by Jaime Salas, Milagro Tequila Brand Ambassador

Jaime Salas’ Instagram: @jthetequilaguy
2 Parts Milagro Silver
¾ Part Agave Nectar
1 Part Fresh Lime Juice

Method: Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Pioneer Old Fashioned

Cocktail: Pioneer Old Fashioned by David Powell, Hudson Whiskey Brand Ambassador

David Powell’s Instagram: @blahsquiat
2 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon
1 tsp Demerara simple syrup
3-4 dashes aromatic bitters
Orange twist

Method: Add to a mixing glass: simple syrup, bitters, then Baby Bourbon. Stir well to combine and chill. Strain into Double Old Fashioned glass over one large rock (or fill the glass with smaller cubes).

Monkey Shoulder Mixed up Monkey

Cocktail: The Mixed Up Monkey by Vance Henderson, William Grant & Sons

Vance Henderson’s Instagram: @vtwiseguy
1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder
¾ parts Mint Simple Syrup
½ parts Fresh Lemon Juice
3 parts Club Soda
Garnish with mint sprig

Method: Build in highball glass over ice, lightly stir and garnish with a mint sprig.

Onward Killer Queen

Cocktail: Killer Queen
Restaurant: Onward | 6580 N. Sheridan Rd.
1 oz Two Brothers Gin Rosé
2 oz Still Rosé
.50 oz Lime Juice
.75 oz Pineapple syrup
.25 oz Luxardo Bitters

Build in shaker
Pour into a glass with ice

Mastro's Ruby Slippers

Cocktail: Ruby Slippers
Restaurant: Mastro’s Steakhouse | 520 N Dearborn St.

1 oz. Nolet’s gin
1.5 oz. Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red Vodka
.25 oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1/2 lime squeeze and discard
Splash Tres Agave Nectar

Shake and pour into wine glass
Add ice
Splash Fever Tree ginger beer
Glassware: Wine
Garnish: Grapefruit slice

Mastro's Jack Sour

Cocktail: Mastro’s Steakhouse Jack Sour
Restaurant: Mastro’s Steakhouse | 520 N Dearborn St.
2 oz. Jack Daniels Whiskey
.5 oz. Honey water (2 parts honey, 1 part water mix)
.5 oz. White grapefruit juice
1/2 lemon squeeze and discard

Shake and strain into bucket over a large cube
Top with 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
Glassware: Bucket
Garnish: Lemon zest


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