Spring is finally here, and the hunt for the best seasonal menu is on. It may not always feel like spring when you step outside, but we’ve found a spot to hit right now, that can certainly evoke our excitement for the warm weather that’s just around the corner. Located at the main lobby of the Loews Chicago Hotel in the heart of downtown, ETA Restaurant + Bar has a few creations that offer a bold start to the season.
The menu features six unique, whimsical drinks, each with a nod to literary classics. From “The Secret Garden” to “Thank You for Smoking,” each offers an unexpected twist that takes a classic cocktail to the next level.
The Secret Garden
This is the definition of spring in a cocktail. This delightful concoction is made with Kappa Pisco, rose liqueur, simple syrup, fresh lemon, and egg white. The stellar bar staff top it all off with an invigorating swirl of Angostura bitters as the perfect finishing touch. You’ll be ordering a second in no time.
If there were ever a drink that reminded me of a character from a book, this would be it. This elegant cocktail is a smart and thoughtful blend of El Jimador Blanco Tequila, crème de violette, grapefruit and lime juice. With the citrus undertones, I have a feeling that Scout Finch would approve.
There’s nothing quite like the start of berry season. What better way to showcase strawberries than making them the star. Made with Tanquery gin, Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, basil, and strawberries this cocktail is bursting with freshness.
If you’re looking for a quick, mini, post-work stay-cation — this one’s for you. The Myers’s Original Dark Rum and Giffard’s Banane de Bresil are the perfect start to creating your very own island getaway. The bright flavors will leave you ready to book a one-way flight in no time.
Catcher in the RYE
Thank you for Smoking