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

In the 1990s, Twin Peaks was one of the most talked-about television series. Set in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington, many of the series’ exterior shots were filmed in the very real and very charming communities of Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City. As a toast to the upcoming rebirth of the series on Showtime, we suggest trying Salish Lodge & Spa’s Dale Cooper, named for the show’s character played by Washington native Kyle MacLachlan. 

 

Restaurateur Amy Morton recently opened her latest Evanston dining space, The Barn, housed in a former 19th-century brick farmhouse. The “meatcentric hideaway” is a far cry from her veggie hot spot Found, and is an homage to her family lineage (her dad founded the Morton Steakhouse chain). In addition to hearty plates sourced by local farms, Beverage Director Michelle Sallemi whips up a classic cocktail menu with a number of twists, as seen in this spicy tequila drink.

 

Ingredients
—2 oz. Grey Goose La Poire vodka
—.5 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
—.5 oz. lemon and lime sour mix
—.5 oz. pomegranate puree
—splash of Sprite

Directions
Add the splash of Sprite or any lemon/ lime soda to a chilled martini glass. Place the Grey Goose, St-Germain and sour mix in a shaker with ice and shake. Pour into the martini glass and add pomegranate puree, which will settle to the bottom to create a layered effect.