Ladies and gentlemen, Eater readers of all ages, please inch a little closer to the computer screen for a special announcement. Starting right now and ending, oh, around 5 p.m. Friday, Eater will be your headquarters for all things cocktails for this, our first ever Eater Cocktail Week. We'll sit down with some of the city's best bartenders, check out a new version of Chicago's very own signature (albeit somewhat, um, discerning) signature spirit, take you on a tour of dive bars, delve into breakfast cocktails, all manner of maps and guides and a whole lot more.
And that's just here on the site. Out in the real world, five of Eater's favorite bartenders have created special cocktails they're putting on their drink lists for a limited time only with each somehow inspired by Eater. Check out what's on offer below, and look back throughout the week as we feature one of the special drinks each day in more detail with the story behind each.
· Jenny Kessler at Masa Azul: Mister Wilson ($10) has Fina Estampa Resposado tequila, pomegranate molasses syrup, Carpano Antica and Protos Tinto Fino.
· Jeff Donahue at Barrelhouse Flat: The No Comment ($11) has Hayman's Gin, muddled cucumber, cumin liqueur with tonka bean syrup and salt.
· Jeffrey Wondrely of Wood: The Southbound 36 ($11) is made with Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Cherry Herring liqueur, Carpano Antica vermouth, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Bitter End Mexican Mole Bitters.
· Mike Ryan of Sable Kitchen & Bar: The West of the Moon ($13) has Flor de Cana rum, cinnamon syrup and lemon with a house-made chili tincture.
· Michael Simon at Carriage House: Satan's Anonymous Whiskers ($11) is made with Blue Coat Gin, Dolin dry vermouth, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, Pierre Ferrand dry orange curaçao, orange reduction and orange bitters.
Try one, try them all, have fun ... and Happy Cocktail Week.