Another Summer Cocktail: It’s Sweet, It’s Bitter, It’s a Negroni!

Sticking with the Italian theme of my previous post, the Negroni has to be near the top of the “simplest cocktails you can make” list.  It’s equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari.  The Negroni is refreshing, easy to make, and packs quite the wallop.  More than two of these and you’re asking for trouble….

A Cooling Cocktail for 4th of July – Bittered Gin Sling

Happy 4th of July!  Happy Birthday America!  Ridiculously hot here today in Chicago so Cheryl and I have been doing the most American of things today: taking advantage of central air conditioning and watching the Tour de France and Wimbledon from our couch.  We’ve got a picnic to attend later when it’ll hopefully be cooler,…

A Hot Christmas Cocktail

Cheryl’s parents are retired and live in Florida and the weather always seems to turn colder whenever they visit.  I don’t know how they do it.  So far we don’t have any snow here in Chicago so they’re pretty happy but it is a little…um…chilly.  More than they’re used to at least!  One of my…

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Nothing wrong with wine and beer for Thanksgiving but why not jazz things up a bit.  It’s a holiday, get some more holiday cheer flowing.  Heaven knows you sometimes need all the help you can get when dealing with family (not mine, they’re all saints, at least when viewed through the bottom of a cocktail…

Eater 38 – Maude’s Liquor Bar

This week the Eater 38 club took a stab at another one of Chicago Eater’s “Eater 38” restaurants.  The choice: Maude’s Liquor Bar.  Not only is Maude’s on the Eater 38 List but it’s also on the newest Michelin Bib Gourmand list, so I was a little excited about it.  Unfortunately that excitement wore off…