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Carnival 2012 at Nacional 27

Rio-style Celebration with Brazilian Beats and Cachaca Drinks   

Tuesday, February 21
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Free to Attend

Can’t make it to Rio de Janeiro this year?  Nacional 27 in River North will offer the next best thing at their “Carnival 2012” cocktail party on Fat Tuesday, February 21. The Nuevo Latino restaurant and lounge, inspired by the flavors and ingredients from the 27 countries comprising Central and South America, will feature live Brazilian music by the Bossa Tres Trio from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and custom cocktails made with Brazilian-based ingredients.

In-house mixologist and general manager Liz Samples will offer three different types of Caipirinhas, a classic Brazilian drink made with cachaca (a Brazilian liquor made from distilled and fermented sugarcane juice).  Guests may select the Classic Caipirinha, the Smooth & Spicy Caipirinha made with coconut, mango, ginger and lime or the Lux Caipirinha, made with yuzu sour juice ($8 each).  The restaurant will also feature a Veev Acai Berry-blended Mojito for $10.  Acai is a “superfood” berry found in the Brazilian Amazon.

Executive Chef Francisco Vilchez’s full tapas and dinner menus will be available.

Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610


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Classic Cocktail Class with Ketel One Vodka and Nolet Gin

Learn Libations Through an Interactive Spirits Station at Franklin Tap

Wednesday, January 25
5-7 p.m.

No cost to attend
$7 Ketel One and Nolet Gin cocktails

Franklin Tap will host a Ketel One Vodka and Nolet Gin classic cocktail class and distillery sampling on Wednesday, January 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. The educational (and fun) event will be led by Ketel One ambassador Daniel Kaman and Nolet ambassador Mike Mallory. Guests will sample spirits, learn how to shake and stir classic gin and vodka cocktails, and have the opportunity to try the interactive “mix your own martini” station.

Resident mixologist, Lisa Selman, has created two specialty, modern classic cocktails for the event. The “Spiced Pear” (Ketel One, lemon juice, pear nectar, clove simple syrup and liquor 43) and “Winter Fizz” (Nolet gin, cranberries, cinnamon simple syrup, sage, lime juice and soda) will be offered for $7, as will all Ketel One and Nolet gin cocktails and martinis that day.

Simply arrive at 5 p.m. or call Franklin Tap to reserve a table for the distillery sampling and cocktail class.

Nolet Distillery is a family-owned company with roots going back 10 generations. By uniting craftsmanship with modern technology, Nolet Distillery is successfully producing premium spirit brands in Schiedam, Holland for distribution across the world. The history of excellence is confirmed nowadays in the brand Ketel One, among the leading super premium vodka’s worldwide.

Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 212-3262


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December Drinks at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Seasonal Sippers and World AIDS Day Drink for Donations

This spirited season, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will be “decked” in dramatic and festive decor. Throughout the month, during both dinner service and Sunday brunch, Kit Kat’s “Divas” will perform holiday hits from Christmas albums by Barbara Streisand, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and more.

World AIDS Day (December 1) will be recognized with a libation that benefits Vital Bridges and Kit Kat’s mixologists are shakin’ up
a variety of winter-theme drinks (available now through December 31). Details outlined below; images available.

World AIDS Day
Thursday, December 1

All month long, from December 1 to December 31, Kit Kat will offer the “Vital Gift” martini (listed below). One dollar of every martini sold will be donated to Vital Bridges, right here in Chicago. Vital Bridges’ mission is to help people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition, housing, case management and prevention services.

“Vital Gift” Martini
Hpnotiq Harmony, Effen vodka, splash of cranberry, splash of pineapple, served with a red lapel ribbon sticker to wear ($12)
Kit Kat’s Holiday Martinis
Now – December 31
Half-price ($6.25) Sunday through Thursday
$13.50 on Friday and Saturday

Harmonie Merry-tini
Vodka, Hpnotiq Harmonie liqueur, triple sec, lime juice, sugar rim

Hpnotiq Snowflake
Hpnotiq liqueur, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, squeeze fresh lemon, champagne floater, coconut flake garnish

Pumpkin Pie Martini
Thee Olives Vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree, brown sugar rim

Banana Nut Bread
Cruzan banana rum, hazelnut liqueur, vanilla liqueur, splash of cream, garnished with graham cracker crust

Santa Baby
Cruzan pineapple coconut rum, Hpnotiq liqueur,  pineapple juice

Fruity Xmas Martini
Cruzan pineapple rum, Cruzan banana rum, mango juice, splash of hazelnut liqueur

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

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The Martini Bar Launches New Summer Libations

Mixologist Lisa Selman Mixes and Muddles Handcrafted Cocktails and Martinis

The Martini Bar, located in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, debuts a new summer cocktail and martini menu created by in-house mixologist Lisa Selman. Selman’s handcrafted cocktails and martinis ($12 each) feature unique spirits and liqueurs, fresh herbs, muddled fruits and house made syrups, perfect for summer sipping. Highlights of the menu include the “Garden Party” martini, which incorporates Right Gin, Creme Y’Vette, fresh blueberries, fresh squeezed lime juice and thyme, the “Hummingbird” cocktail featuring Hum Hibiscus liqueur, Stoli vodka, fresh lime juice, house made honey lemon syrup and muddled watermelon, and “The Spirit of Summer” cocktail made with Esprit de June liqueur, Stoli Vodka, house made tangelo syrup, Soho Lychee Liqueur and topped with Moscato. The entire cocktail and martini menu is listed below.

Lisa Selman
Mixologist, The Martini Bar
Lisa Selman truly has a passion for making cocktails. With eight years of experience behind the bar, she demonstrates her talents through creating seasonal martini menus and crafting custom-made cocktails for her guests. An Art History major from Wayne State University, Selman expresses that artistic side through fun menus and interesting ingredients, such as homemade ginger ale, yuzu, muddled fruits, fresh herbs and homemade syrups. Lisa Selman has participated in myriads of mixology competitions and was a finalist in the War of the Pour.

$12 each

Watermelon Margatini
Maestro Dobel Tequila, Citronge Orange Liqueur, Agave Nectar, Fresh Squeezed Lime and Lemon Juices, Muddled Watermelon

Pear Sage Cooler
Grey Goose La Poire, Navan Cognac, Pear Nectar,Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Sage

Golden Delicious
Tanqueray Gin, Liquor 43, St. Germain, Fresh Lemon Juice, Agave Nectar

Penny Lane
Stoli Vodka, Gourmet Pomegranate Syrup, Muddled Blueberries, Topped With Moscato

Garden Party
Right Gin, Creme Y’Vette, Fresh Blueberries, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Thyme

Pamplemousse Breeze
Patron Tequila, Gourmet Ruby Red Grapefruit Syrup, White Grapefruit Juice

The Express Grind
Grind Coffee Rum, Galliano Ristretto Coffee Liqueur, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

Green Bee
Old Raj Gin, Fresh Lime Juice, St. Germain, Fresh Basil

Cucumber Crush
Hendrick’s Gin, Muddled Cucumber, Fresh Sage, Fresh Lime Juice, Mint Bitters

$12 each

Parisian Sunrise
Bulliet Bourbon, Gourmet Apricot Syrup, House-made Honey Lemon Syrup

French Sparkler
Chambord Vodka, Creme Y’Vette, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Muddled Blackberries

Pear Panache
Grey Goose La Poire, Pear Nectar, Liquor 43, St.Germain, Fresh Mint, Fresh Lemon Juice, Topped With Champagne

Hum Hibiscus Liqueur, Stoli Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, House-made Honey Lemon Syrup, Muddled Watermelon

The Spirit of Summer
Esprit de June, Stoli Vodka, House-made Tangelo Syrup, Soho Lychee Liqueur, Topped with Moscato

Amore Fizz
Chandon Rose, Gourmet Passion Fruit Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, Grapefruit Bitters

Baked Apple Bourbon
Makers Mark Bourbon, Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka, Fresh Lemon Juice, Baked Apple Bitters

The Martini Bar is an upscale, modern interpretation of a classic 1940s cocktail lounge. We specialize in handcrafted martinis made with fresh ingredients and proudly serve only the finest hard spirits and craft-brewed beers. We are located in the heart of Chicago’s financial district in the LaSalle Atrium Building.

The Martini Bar
401 South LaSalle
Chicago, Illinois 60605

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