Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, il Porcellino is one of the latest ventures from the Lettuce Entertain You group, offering a cozy restaurant honing in on classic Italian-American comfort food. Seasonal menus feature homemade pastas that use locally sourced ingredients, plus a wide-ranging cocktail program. The Jimmy Two Times was inspired by the movie “Goodfellas” and boasts the flavors of rye whiskey, ginger and grapefruit. “They’re all light enough ingredients to work well with many dishes on the menu, particularly the antipasti and pastas,” says LEYE Beverage Director Julian Cox. “The ginger also gives a nice, warm kick.” 

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. fresh lime juice
—1 oz. Amaro Nonino
—1 oz. rye whiskey (Old Overholt is recommended)
—.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—.5 oz. Rhum JM Cane syrup
—2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
—candied ginger, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Combine the ingredients and shake until the outside of the container is cold, about 10 seconds.
3. Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass. Garnish with skewered candied ginger. 

Provided by il Porcellino

This recipe was created by Pamela Moncrief, spirits director at Spirits by Sedona, a luxury cocktail experience. The recipe is a riff on a classic called The Bee’s Knees and is a guest favorite of Spirits by Sedona, a division of Sedona Productions, an event management company that serves as the in-house booking, planning and production company for Cendera Center in Fort Worth. 

INGREDIENTS:
—2 oz. Ford’s Gin
—.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
—.5 oz. wildflower honey syrup
—1 pinch paprika
—1 dash Angostura bitters

 

Not everyone can take two weeks off for a trip to Africa, but if you’re feeling like you need a change of pace without the long trip, visit Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains. This resort has America’s largest indoor water park in addition to one of the state’s top three largest convention centers, as well as a full-service hotel, spa and multitude of restaurants ranging from a buffet and coffee shop to upscale comfort food. The spirit of Africa is everywhere—from the décor down to every last detail, so it’s no wonder they offer an African spin on this Cuban cocktail. 

 

A simple yet complex and delicious bourbon drink, Spice Market Old-Fashioned is one of JW Marriott’s Cocktails with Purpose creations—found on the Lobby Lounge menu at JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America. The beverage program, created in collaboration with New York-based Tippling Bros. and with the guidance of nutritionist Keri Glassman, emphasizes well-being and sustainability in its “garden to glass” cocktails. JW mixologists use fresh, seasonal and healthy ingredients to craft better-for-you drinks that are meant to be sipped and savored.