Monday, September 24, 2012

Mixing it up Mondays- New Restaurant in the South Loop

Hey everyone!! Happy Monday to all. Hope everyone weekend was as GREAT as mine was. I had the opportunity to visit a new spot in the south loop here in Chicago for the second time and was Impressed once again! My good friend Chasity "Bar Star" Beasley is heading up the cocktail program at Alain's a new spot that serves classic and unique flavors. I've had a different dish each time that I've visited and was satisfied both times. But more so for the reason of my blog, the cocktails!!

Chasity has taken a  seasonal approach to the cocktail menu and all have been great! She utilized fresh produce, a note to being one of Bridget Albert's students(Where we both graduated from in AOS class 14). Chasity's experience in the mixology world, from working at different bars all over the city have really come together to create some wonderful cocktails.

The Smoky Ginger Georgia Peach
The 1st time I visited was before the grand opening and the end of summer, so her summer cocktail menu was still on. I tried 3 cocktails, The "Smokey Ginger Georgia Peach",  The "Golden Days", and The "Twisted Julep". All three of these were excellent end of summer cocktails, to transition into fall cocktails. My personal favorite was the Smokey Ginger Georgia Peach. Very well balanced and a treat to see JW Black integrated into a cocktail. Alot of people are afraid to play with scotch, but this cocktail is a winner!! 

Chasity just rolled out her fall menu and I was in the restaurant on Friday night and its a couple more winners on there as well.. When you are at Alain's be sure to try the Autumns Fall Sangria,  The Classic Stoop, which is a Gin cocktail that features egg whites, rosemary and Grapefruit bitters, and the Golden Days which has taken a bit of a remix and made its way onto the fall cocktail menu. 

So when you're looking for a new place to visit for good food and great cocktails see my good friend over at Alain's 1355 S. Michigan Ave. in the heart of the South Loop. Here's a link to the website 

Unitl Next time 

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