No doubt about it, the temps have been too cruel for school lately. But after stopping by Drumbar last week, we’ve got a strange hankering for flavored ice cubes. Under the helm of new beverage director Craig Schoettler, formerly the executive chef at the Aviary, the Gold Coast bar brings a new cocktail list to Drumbar Tuesday, February 5.
Schoettler’s drinks are divided up into three categories: progressive (available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), specialty, and classic. One of our favorites is the “Smoke,” $15, which — shocker — has an awesome, smoky taste. We can’t quite describe the magic trick our waitress performed when presenting the drink, but it involved smoke, an upside-down glass, and a very impressed audience. And, that’s not all we tried.
The Flask, $16, holds lavender and tequila in an actual flask; the Pineapple, $13, is a frothy, minty mix-up that’ll slay those of you with a sweet tooth. The Cranberry, $13, has bourbon, ginger syrup, and those crave-worthy cranberry ice cubes. If staying warm is what you’re after, Schoettler’s got you covered there, too. To knock out the January chill, grab a seat by the fireplace and order up a Hot Chocolate, $15. The rich blend of reserve bourbon, Valrhona chocolate, and vanilla foam will have you feeling toasty (and maybe a little toasted) in no time.
A little tip: The Hot Chocolate and the Smoke are only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. So, go ahead and make that Evite for a little hump-day soirée.
Drumbar, 201 East Delaware Street (at Mies van der Rohe Way); 312-924-2531.
Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Contraveos