Recently, Luxe File Chicago hit Drumbar, one of the city’s most intoxicating rooftop bars, to check out the new, sexy beverage menu. Comfortably ensconced on the roof of the Raffaello Hotel, the Gold Coast hotspot features some of the most creative speak-easy style cocktails dreamed up by the brilliant Craig Schoettler, the newly minted beverage director of Drumbar.
While sipping and snapping pics of hand-crafted cocktails with innovative titles like Smoke, A Shoe In, and Hot Chocolate (our favorite), we wondered how easy it might be to recreate these inventive concoctions at home – or would it require an MBA in advanced bartending.
Cocktail name: Blood and Sand
Inspiration: The drink was named for Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie, Blood and Sand, about a successful bullfighter who is destroyed by a ruinous woman.
Augustine makes the drink his own by adding a nice blended scotch whiskey such as The Famous Grouse, to really kick it up a notch.
1 oz Blended Scotch Whiskey
1 oz Cherry Heering (or comparable cherry brandy)
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz orange juice (preferably blood orange)
Cocktail name: Le Petite Passion
Inspiration: Friar's cocktail is an ode to sparkly people who don’t need an excuse to celebrate.
3/4 oz Skyy Passion Fruit Vodka
4 1/2 oz Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne
1 tsp mango sorbet
1 pineapple wedge
Pour vodka into a Champagne flute; add Champagne. Top with a teaspoon of mango sorbet and garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge.
Cocktail name: Pablo’s Daughter
Inspiration: House crafted this cocktail in honor of her favorite artist Pablo Picasso and his daughter, Paloma.
1 1/2 oz Arette Blanco
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Champagne Gastrique
1 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit
1/4 oz Bittermens celery shrub
1/2 oz Sanbitter
Combine all ingredients except Sanbitter into a shaker. Shake. Pour into a Collins glass with crushed ice and float Sanbitter on top. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
Cocktail name: Privilege in Exile
Inspiration: Created for the House Of Hennessy Ambassador, Cyrille Gautier Auriol, and showcased at Nellcôte, the cocktail is a hark back to the classic age of cocktails and given a modern Chicago twist.
2 oz Hennessy Privilege V.S.O.P
1 oz honey coriander syrup
1 oz blood orange juice
1 dash of Peychaud's Bitters
In a shaker, add all ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into Tulip glass (10 oz) or cocktail glass rimmed with blood orange juice and white sugar.
Honey Coriander Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup honey
3 tbsps coriander seeds
In a saucepan, bring water to a simmer. Add honey, stir until dissolved. Add coriander seeds then simmer for 20 minutes. Cool and store. Strain coriander seeds after 24 hours.
Double A, Mercadito Chicago & Miami
Cocktail name: Old Smashion
Inspiration: A lover of Mezcal and classic cocktails, Sauter's Old Smashion is a tribute to the Old Fashioned and its smoky, potent flavors.
2 oz Mezcal
1 oz Cinzano
1/2 oz Dry Amontillado Sherry
2 dashes of whisky barrel aged bitters
7-8 dashes of Angostura bitters
Nikki Friar courtesy of Jamie Berg
Privilege In Exile courtesy of fotobymateo.com
Benjamin Newby, part of Burberry's Art of the Trench campaign, courtesy of Tim Klein
Written by Sally Shorr