For those looking to quench their thirst this fall, it’s important to stay true to the earthier tones in liquor to bring out the season’s flavors. Whether you’re looking for a sweet pumpkin martini or a spiced cider cocktail, there are a number of venues in and around the Chicago area that highlight seasonal drinks. The list for “Best Fall Drinks In Chicago” offered some great options, but with each passing year, the options seem to expand. Join in the fun by checking out one of these local venues to celebrate the flavors of fall.
100 W. Higgins Road
South Barrington, IL 60010
With a Chicago location already coming soon, Pinstripes is expanding due to the popularity of its great food and fun activities. The South Barrington location is just outside of the city. It makes changes to its drink menu twice a year to reflect the season. Stop in for a Pinstripes Old Fashioned Cocktail made with Italian cherries, maple syrup, bulleit rye whiskey, bitters and orange slices. There are also fall beer selections for those craving an earthier taste in their draft. While you’re checking out one of the seasonal drinks, don’t forget to partake in a game of bowling or some bocce.
Sable Kitchen & Bar
505 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Located in Chicago’s River North area, adjacent to Hotel Palomar Chicago, Sable Kitchen & Bar is much more than just another downtown restaurant and bar. While many come for the farm-to-table high-quality cuisine, the handcrafted cocktails take full advantage of the different seasonal tastes patrons crave. Sable has the largest amber spirits collections in the region, and utilizes spirits like Laird’s Apple Brandy, Brovo Amaro, High West Double Rye and other rich fall flavors. Keeping with the nostalgic prohibition-style drinks, check out the Kentucky Grazer made from Buffalo Trace, Pimm’s, mint, lemon and celery bitters for an autumn drink that brings out the flavors of the season.
Creperie Saint Germain
1512 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Creperie Saint German is best known for its authentic French crepes, but it’s not just the cuisine that maintains its European flavor. There is an extensive drink menu, with over 10 ciders imported from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for a French dark golden cider or a sweet apple cider, Creperie Saint Germain prides itself in bringing about the tastes of the Old World. For those looking for a great cider, whether it’s sweet or with a little spice, the extensive drink menu won’t disappoint in finding a nice fall treat. Two great suggestions to try for a fall cocktail is the Crispin Honey Crisp Cider and the Cidre Comte de Lauriston Sparkling Cider.
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Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60613
Bring out your inner diva at this dinner-and-a-show establishment, perfect for a girls’ night out. While the nightly shows may bring in the visitors, the drink menu featuring over 200 martinis help to keep the guests in their seats. For those wanting a fall cocktail, the signature Pumpkin Patch Martini is sure to fulfill that craving. Made with vodka, Bols Pumpkin Smash liquor, canned pumpkin pie mix, cinnamon, nutmeg and heavy cream, this martini is like having a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass.
High Noon Saloon
1560 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, High Noon Saloon is a restaurant and sports bar combination. The bar has everything you’d expect to have in a Tex-Mex venue, with an extensive selection of whiskey, bourbon, scotch and tequila. Take advantage of its Saloon Craft Cocktails, including the Old Fashioned and High Noon Manhattan. Both drinks feature angostura bitters, warming liquor and classic fall flavors.
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