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Eater Cocktails: Paul McGee's Alexander at Paris Club Bistro & Bar

The Lettuce Entertain You cocktail guru puts a spin on a classic for Eater's third annual cocktail week.

The Alexander
The Alexander
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After constantly changing the cocktail menus at Three Dots and a Dash, Bub City, and crafting the list at the recently-opened RPM Steak, Paul McGee also has recently revamped the list at Paris Club Bistro & Bar to highlight the classics. And for Eater's third annual cocktail week, McGee spins another classic—the Alexander—for an Eater special that's available at the swanky French restaurant for this week only.

McGee takes a classic brandy Alexander, which usually includes Creme de Cacao and cream, substituting Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac and adding Evan Williams bonded bourbon and Firelit coffee liqueur for a rich, deep and creamy cocktail. After shaking the ingredients on ice, he double-strains them into a coupe glass and garnishes with fresh grated nutmeg.

"This is a variation with an added depth of flavor," McGee says. "The addition of bourbon provides a little extra kick and the coffee liqueur gives it a subtle lingering finish."

Paul McGee's Alexander is available at Paris Club Bistro and Bar all week long for $11.

Paris Club Bistro and Bar

59 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312 595 0800 Visit Website