clock menu more-arrow no yes

Eight Unconventional Cocktails for the Free-Spirited

Looking for a cocktail with some unique ingredients? These places have you covered.

View as Map
cocktail week logo

There are plenty of classic cocktails to be stirred, shaken and poured this fall, but a few bartenders and beverage directors in the Windy City are going out on a limb with some of the ingredients they are incorporating into their concoctions. Scroll through some standouts on the map. Pigs blood over ice anyone?

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Drawing Room

Copy Link
937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-2694
Visit Website
Alligator Grin: Old Forester, Licor 43, Aperol, watermelon, balsamic vinegar, feta. Fittingly listed under “Culinary Cocktails," this original creation carried over from summer to their fall bar menu. But is it a salad or a drink?

2. Billy Sunday

Copy Link
3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-2485
Visit Website
Box Lunch: goat’s milk, Genepi, Palo Cortado, oatmeal spices. Served up in a glass milk bottle, straw included, this nostalgic cocktail recommences on their fall menu. When was the last time you sipped spiked goat’s milk through a straw on a Saturday night?

3. Mott Street

Copy Link
1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9977
Visit Website
Da Chicago: Landy XO cognac, Suze, China China, Letherbee Besk, Peychaud, burnt orange expression, Garrett Popcorn. Chicagoans love their Garrets, but will they want it in a drink? Good thing they didn’t name it “The Chicago Mix”. That could have caused a few legal issues.

4. Kinmont

Copy Link
419 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 915-0011
Visit Website
Werewolves of London: Bombay Dry Gin, Pimms No. 1, pineapple juice, coconut syrup, pig's blood. Chicago first saw a pig's blood cocktail in May when Kristin Wolf of The Charleston challenged bartender Nandiini Khaund of Craft Cocktail to make a drink with the iron-dense serum for the Reader. With Halloween just around the bend, Kinmont now has the pig's blood-mantle.

5. Acadia

Copy Link
1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 360-9500
Visit Website
A(maize) Cocktail: smoked corn and Achiote-infused 123 blanco tequila, champagne vinegar, cilantro, popcorn syrup, lime, Kix cereal, coconut foam. Kix cereal gained a few notches and is now offered spiked at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Warning: this concoction may not go over with well your little tyke.

6. Bottlefork

Copy Link
441 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-1900
Visit Website
Brandy & Cigars: Germain, Robin Craft Method brandy, Crème De Cacao a La Vanille, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Honduran Robusto. For $30 you can have a drink and a cigar all wrapped into one tasty cocktail. Listed under the “Gentleman’s 'Cut'” section on the cocktail menu, a cigar is literally ground and lit on fire. The smoke is then captured in a giant snifter and infused into the cocktail.

7. The Dawson

Copy Link
732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-8955
Visit Website
Core Power: Laird’s bonded apple brandy, Bols Genever, kale-apple juice, yellow chartreuse, honey, lime, Scrappy’s celery bitters. Now you can have your leafy greens and drink them too!, and apparently power your core at the same time.

8. The Whistler

Copy Link
2421 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530
Visit Website
Diver Down: El Dorado 8-year rum, pineapple drinking vinegar, sage, lemon, ginger beer, Peychaud's bitters. A boozy tribute to Van Halen’s iconic album? Or a mysterious mixture of sage and drinking vinegar?

1. The Drawing Room

937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Alligator Grin: Old Forester, Licor 43, Aperol, watermelon, balsamic vinegar, feta. Fittingly listed under “Culinary Cocktails," this original creation carried over from summer to their fall bar menu. But is it a salad or a drink?
937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

2. Billy Sunday

3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Box Lunch: goat’s milk, Genepi, Palo Cortado, oatmeal spices. Served up in a glass milk bottle, straw included, this nostalgic cocktail recommences on their fall menu. When was the last time you sipped spiked goat’s milk through a straw on a Saturday night?
3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Mott Street

1401 N Ashland, Chicago, IL 60622
Da Chicago: Landy XO cognac, Suze, China China, Letherbee Besk, Peychaud, burnt orange expression, Garrett Popcorn. Chicagoans love their Garrets, but will they want it in a drink? Good thing they didn’t name it “The Chicago Mix”. That could have caused a few legal issues.
1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Kinmont

419 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654
Werewolves of London: Bombay Dry Gin, Pimms No. 1, pineapple juice, coconut syrup, pig's blood. Chicago first saw a pig's blood cocktail in May when Kristin Wolf of The Charleston challenged bartender Nandiini Khaund of Craft Cocktail to make a drink with the iron-dense serum for the Reader. With Halloween just around the bend, Kinmont now has the pig's blood-mantle.
419 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Acadia

1639 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
A(maize) Cocktail: smoked corn and Achiote-infused 123 blanco tequila, champagne vinegar, cilantro, popcorn syrup, lime, Kix cereal, coconut foam. Kix cereal gained a few notches and is now offered spiked at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Warning: this concoction may not go over with well your little tyke.
1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

6. Bottlefork

441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Brandy & Cigars: Germain, Robin Craft Method brandy, Crème De Cacao a La Vanille, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Honduran Robusto. For $30 you can have a drink and a cigar all wrapped into one tasty cocktail. Listed under the “Gentleman’s 'Cut'” section on the cocktail menu, a cigar is literally ground and lit on fire. The smoke is then captured in a giant snifter and infused into the cocktail.
441 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. The Dawson

732 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
Core Power: Laird’s bonded apple brandy, Bols Genever, kale-apple juice, yellow chartreuse, honey, lime, Scrappy’s celery bitters. Now you can have your leafy greens and drink them too!, and apparently power your core at the same time.
732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

8. The Whistler

2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Diver Down: El Dorado 8-year rum, pineapple drinking vinegar, sage, lemon, ginger beer, Peychaud's bitters. A boozy tribute to Van Halen’s iconic album? Or a mysterious mixture of sage and drinking vinegar?
2421 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Related Maps