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May 15, 2012 >> Pretty Summer Cocktails with a Punch!

Summer is just around the corner (we swear we can feel it!) and we’ve hit up some of our favorite places for some summery cocktails that will the basis for a GGT (guaranteed good time).

2 Pinches of fresh ginger // 1 level bar spoon of agave syrup //2 oz. of shochu // .5 oz. raspberry vodka // 1 oz. guava // .5 oz. lime juice

Combine all ingredients (& muddle ginger first!) in shaker tin and strain. Use a ginger slice to garnish
At Sushi Samba, 504 N. Wells Street 


2 oz. Don Julio Blanco // .5 oz Cointreau // 2 lime wedges // 6 chunks of pineapple // 3 slices of jalapeño // sour mix

Chop one slice of jalapeno into small pieces and add to a cocktail shaker with 5 chunks of pineapple.  Squeeze the two lime wedges into a cocktail shaker and muddle the pineapple and pieces of jalapeno.  Add the Don Julio and Cointreau and shake on ice until fully chilled.  Pour the contents into a cocktail glass and add more ice if necessary and top off with a splash of sour mix.  Garnish with a chunk of pineapple and two slices of jalapeno on a cocktail pick.
At Potter’s Lounge at Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street 

1.5 oz  Grey Goose // 1 lemon wedge // 1 orange wedge // .5 Pomegranate/Cranberry/Strawberry Syrup // 5-8 pieces of Mint // Soda water

Put Orange, Mint, Lemon and Syrup into shaker tin and muddle. Add vodka then ice. Then shake and strain into rocks glass. Top with soda.
At Estate Ultra Bar, 1177 N. Elston Avenue