Crafted by award-winning bartender and spirits professional Peter Vestinos, this refreshing summer sipper—a gin and tonic at its heart—has been artfully infused by the spirits and flavors of Greece and the country’s cuisine. “The Chareau liqueur provides Mediterranean flavors of cucumber, mint, and lemon and the Verino Mastiha integrates a signature herbal resin flavor, while the cardamom adds a unique earthy and exotic note,” says Vestinos. “Many Greek spirits such as Tentura, Mastiha, and Tsipouro are alien to most consumers, so I wanted to work with a familiar spirit like gin in a classic format to layer those Greek flavors.” 

Like its popular Village Cooler, Avli Taverna, Lincoln Park’s newest contemporary Greek eatery, is well-rooted in the classics with a fresh, inspired take on familiar favorites. Offering fun bar bites, creative dishes, a curated wine list, crafted cocktails and traditional spirits, guests can enjoy reinvented Greek cuisine in an ambiance that reflects life in the Mediterranean.

The restaurant’s back room is wellsuited for group dining and private events for up to 32 guests seated and 40 guests for a standing reception. Avli Taverna is also available for full buyouts, accommodating up to 70 guests seated and 100 guests for a standing reception.

INGREDIENTS:
- 1.25 oz London Dry-style gin
- .5 oz Verino Mastiha
- .25 oz Chareau
- .50 oz lemon juice
- 1 dash cardamom bitters
- pinch of salt
- soda water
- cucumber slices

DIRECTIONS:
In a Collins glass add gin, Verino Mastiha, Chareau, lemon juice, bitters, salt and soda water. Add a few cubes of ice and slices of cucumber. Stir, then add remaining ice, cucumber slices and an additional splash of soda water. Stir and serve!

Courtesy of Avli Taverna

 

Courtesy of Two James Spirits

A unique mix of bitters creates a treat for the senses in this seasonal sip from Corktown’s Two James Spirits. While typically busy hosting tours and private events or slinging craft cocktails in its tasting room, the distillery’s team has shifted its efforts during the coronavirus outbreak. It’s been producing hand sanitizer for hospitals, police and fire departments across the Detroit metro, while lifting spirits with creative curbside cocktail kits.

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Seattle’s Foodz Catering is preparing to move into its new home, nicknamed the “factory,” in the Georgetown neighborhood this summer. Four times the size of its current headquarters, it will include a new kitchen, offices and a warehouse. Toast the new digs with the company’s Blueberry Mule—the recipe raises the bar on the sober-curious trend.

INGREDIENTS

—3 oz. fresh-pressed blueberry juice

—juice of half a lime

—ginger beer

—shaved ice

—sprig of mint

—lime wedge

 

Courtesy of THE US GRANT Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego. 

INGREDIENTS

—.5 oz. Bigallet Thyme liqueur

—.5 oz. Massenez Garden Party Rosemary liqueur

—.5 oz. Domaine Sante All-Sass (Wine Grape Nectar)

—2.5 oz. sparkling wine

—splash of absinthe

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