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Tia Barrett, the beverage director and operations manager of Lincoln Park's Esmé, pours a drink

Esmé’s Beverage Director Pairs Drinks with a High-End Cheeto and Champions Social Impact Producers

Daniel Hautzinger

The exuberantly creative Esmé presents plenty of culinary conundrums for beverage pairings, which are handled by Tia Barrett. But she also champions beverage producers who are people of color or have a charitable component.
A Kir Royale cocktail

Try a Riff on a Kir Royale from the Beverage Director of a Michelin-Starred Restaurant

Daniel Hautzinger

We have a recipe for a riff on the classic Kir Royale from Tia Barrett, the beverage director for the exuberantly creative fine dining restaurant Esmé.
A cocktail from Nine Bar

Chinatown's First Cocktail Bar Celebrates Lunar New Year with Cocktail Versions of Asian Food

Daniel Hautzinger

Nine Bar is celebrating Lunar New Year with cocktails inspired by Asian dishes like fried sesame balls and tom kha kai, along with food from acclaimed Filipino restaurant Kasama. The bar was born out of pop-ups that orginally began as Lunar New Year's celebrations.
A Bijou cocktail

A Gin Cocktail for Whiskey Lovers Who Avoid Gin

Daniel Hautzinger

In his new book, Pour Me Another: 250 Ways to Find Your Favorite DrinkMilk Street's editorial director J.M. Hirsch offers ways to discover new cocktails you love. For whiskey lovers who avoid gin, he suggests a Bijou, which he describes as like a light Old Fashioned. 
J.M. Hirsch and his cocktail book Pour Me Another

J.M. Hirsch of 'Milk Street' Talks Travels and His "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" Cocktail Book

Daniel Hautzinger

J.M. Hirsch, the editorial director of Milk Street, travels nearly half of the year in search of recipes and techniques he can bring back to the American home cook. He also wants to help people discover cocktails unfamiliar to them in his new interactive book. 
Joseph Moton, left, and Ted Robinson

Meet the Two Brothers Behind A Vodka Brand Celebrating Lake Michigan’s “Playpen”

Meredith Francis

Lake Michigan's "playpen" inspired Chicago brothers Joseph Moton and Ted Robinson to launch their own vodka company. They talk about how they got started, their love for the versatility of vodka, and what it's like to work as brothers.
A lychee martini

A Summertime Lychee Martini from the James Beard-Nominated Chicago Bar Nobody's Darling

Meredith Francis

Just a little over a year after it opened, Nobody's Darling already has a James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program. Co-owners Angeles Barnes and Renauda Riddle share the story of their Andersonville cocktail bar, along with the recipe for their Southside Lychee Martini.
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