10 Summer-Ready Cocktails and the Patios to Drink Them On
There are 92 days of summer wherever you go, but in Chicago those 92 days are gone in what feels like two. (Sigh.) Make every day, hour and minute of good weather count with your best friends and these ten summer cocktails (plus the patios where you can drink them).
FROSÉ AT SAINT LOU’S ASSEMBLY
Legend has it that this bar’s namesake chain-smoked cigarettes and had a foul mouth. Apparently, he was also the sort of guy to play bocce and drink frosé topped with a raspberry. We like Lou.
664 W. Lake St.; 312-600-0600 or saintlouschicago.com
APEROL SPRITZ AT RM CHAMPAGNE SALON
For the bubbly-infused aperitif, why not head to Chicago’s foremost bubbly bar? Bonus: The patio has all the old-world charm of a Parisian alleyway. Plus, steak frites.
116 N. Green St.; 312-243-1199 or rmchampagnesalon.com
MARGARITA AT QUIOTE
Sure, it looks innocent with its vibrant pink color, but this hibiscus margarita packs a smoky (and potent) punch thanks to Banhez Ensamble mezcal. Order up a round on this Logan Square patio, and you’ll see: Where it’s smoky, it’s fire.
2456 N. California Ave.; 312-878-8571 or quiotechicago.com
DARK AND STORMY AT THE LONG ROOM
Using Gosling’s dark rum, freshly squeezed lime juice and ginger beer, this North Center bar mixes up the perfect Dark and Stormy. But its back patio is anything but, thanks to plenty of sunshine and a bright mural by artist Leah Tumerman.
1612 W. Irving Park Rd.; 773-665-4500 or longroomchicago.com
NEGRONI SLUSHY AT PARSON’S CHICKEN & FISH
A billboard above this Humboldt Square patio proclaims this is the original Negroni slushy. We don’t blame them for demanding credit when the drink (made with Letherbee gin) tastes so good.
2952 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-0384-3333 or parsonschickenandfish.com
PALOMA AT BIG STAR
Big Star has one of Chicago’s most popular patios, and the Paloma is no less crowd-pleasing. Made with Lunazul Blanco tequila, Marie Brizard, Gran Gala curaçao and lime, you can have it classic or amped up with a mezcal float or spicy tequila.
1531 N. Damen Ave.; 773-235-4039 or bigstarchicago.com
PIMM’S CUP AT PUB ROYALE
This British eatery has not one but four variations on the classic Pimm’s Cup. Choose grapefruit and spiced honey, orange and cucumber, coconut and Thai five-spice or cherry and vanilla to name a few. All are made with Letherbee liquors.
2049 W. Division St.; 773-661-6874 or pubroyale.com
BRIDGEPORT BUCK AT MARIA’S PACKAGED GOODS
Maria’s is a Bridgeport fixture, so it’s only fitting that its Buck is made with ginger beer brewed just steps away at Filbert’s Soda. Add Evan Williams bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters, and you’ll be ready to call yourself a neighbor too.
960 W. 31st St.; 773-890-0588 or community-bar.com
PIÑA COLADA AT SOMERSET
Forget those overly heavy piña colada mixes. This lighter version is made with George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, Jamaican black rum, pineapple juice, lime and—yes—coconut LaCroix.
1112 N. State St.; 312-586-2150 or somersetchicago.com
SLOE GIN FIZZ AT THE DUCK INN
This Bridgeport restaurant cares deeply about how you imbibe its Sloe(r) Gin(ier) Fizz. It’s served in a highball glass, no ice or straw, to keep you from drinking from the bottom of the glass and missing the texture of the egg white. And we have to say, they don’t steer you wrong.
2701 S. Eleanor St.; 312-724-8811 or theduckinnchicago.com