In Chicago, it seems that Brandy has recently become the spirit of-the-moment, moving from (at least my) grandmother's favorite libation to a favorite among mixology-focused bars. In fact, a new distillery (named Rhine Hall) which specializes in apple brandy recently opened in Chicago and is gaining tons of buzz.
Alex Renshaw is a big brandy lover, and is offering two new brandy-focused cocktails on his menu, which are provided below, along with some of other favorites from the menu such as a coffee-focused drink using a local coffee house's brew (Dark Matter).
Rocket Science, a brandy based cocktail - Germain Robin Craft Method Brandy, averna, grenadine, lemon, mint, egg white, and walnut bitters;
Portlandia, a coffee and tequila based cocktail using a cold brew from a local coffee house - Dark Matter Coffee House, Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila, Lastau PX Sherry, angostura bitters, and orange.
The Road Less Traveled with fresh press apple juice - Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Cardamaro, lemon, fresh pressed apple juice, and grated cinnamon.
Honor Amongst Thieves, showcases traditional spirits in a very untraditional way by splitting the spirits (bourbon, cachaca)- Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaca, Old Forrester Bourbon, Velvet Falernum, pineapple, lemon, Peychaud Float.
Drumbar's house-made cocktails are priced at $13.
Drumbar continues its unique partnership with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which was formed last year and spotlights the bar as the first US account to offer their incredibly unique and rare whiskies to the public.