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7 Refreshing Cocktails Your Labor Day Party Needs

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It’s time to soak up every last bit of summer this Labor Day weekend.

And in order to do it properly, you’re going to want to make one of these essential summer cocktails.

Here are the best drinks to toast the summer with:


The Savoy at Red Rooster Overtown

  • 2 oz of E11EVEN Vodka
  • 1 oz of Fresh Lemon Juice 
  • 1 oz of Agave Nectar
  • 6 Grapes – Green and/or Purple


In shaker, muddle 6 grapes, add agave, citrus, and E11EVEN Vodka. Hard shake and dirty dump into a rocks glass. Garnish with grapes through a skewer

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Photo Credit: Felipe Cuevas


Luau Libre by Hayden Miller Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

  • 1.5oz Gem & Bolt Mezcal
  • .35oz Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur
  • .75oz Agave Syrup
  • .75oz Fresh Lime
  • 2d Tiki Bitter

Directions: Combine all liquid ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice. Shake roughly 20 seconds to fully combine ingredients. Strain shaken ingredients over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Citrus Bomb Gin & Tonic by Naren Young at Sweet Liberty

  • 1.5 oz. Fords
  • ¼ oz. Italicus
  • Barspoon Suze
  • Barspoon grapefruit oleo saccharum
  • Barspoon lemon juice
  • 1 dash lemon bitters

Directions: Fill Wine glass with ice, then add all ingredients. Top with Q tonic and stir. Garnish with 1 lemon wheel, 1 lime wheel and 1 orange wheel


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Marrakesh Garden at Byblos Miami

  • 2oz.  Rum
  • 1oz. Lime
  • 1oz. Cucumber Juice
  • 1oz. Mint Syrup

DirectionsCombine ingredients in a long glass. Add ice and garnish with nigella seeds.

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A Head of Lettuce at Warren Delray

  • 2oz Wheatley Vodka
  • 1oz Fresh Pressed Citrus Juice
  • 1oz Cane Syrup
  • 1 leaf Romaine Lettuce
  • Bar spoon Olive Oil 

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin, shake for 10 seconds, double strain and serve in a chilled coup. Garnish with salt & pepper and chili oil

Head of Lettuce - Warren - Photo Credit Felipe Cuevas



Hornitos Tequila Zarza


  • 2 parts Hornitos Reposado Tequila
  • 1-part Simple Syrup
  • 1-part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Blackberries
  • Float: DeKuyper Creme de Cassis Liqueur


Combine all ingredients, excluding liqueur. Shake well. Strain and serve over crushed ice in a rocks glass. Float liqueur on top. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

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On The Rocks The Cosmopolitan

A wildly popular cocktail, the Cosmopolitan is a simple cocktail with a big history. This classic cocktail blends flavors of cranberry, triple sec, lemon zest and lime – cut through with smooth EFFEN Vodka.


Simply pour over ice and enjoy

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Where to Watch and Celebrate Super Bowl LVI in Chicago



Where to Watch and Celebrate Super Bowl LVI in Chicago

The game, the Halftime Show, the food, and the drinks. 

Those are the only things that matter during Super Bowl Sunday. 

Super Bowl LVI falls on February 13, 2022. If you don’t feel like hosting a game day party at your place, there are plenty of restaurants and hotels in Chicago that would be happy to host you for a watch party!

And did I mention they have delicious food and drink offerings?

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Andros Taverna

Chef Doug Psaltis and Andros Taverna are changing up takeout on Chicago’s best authentic Greek menu to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl by offering Charcoal Grilled Greek Wings on Sunday, February 13. Chef Doug’s Charcoal Grilled Greek Wings ($18p dozen) are slowly grilled over roasting embers and will come served with spicy yogurt and greek fries. Wings will only be available to pre-order by the dozen a la carte through Tock, GrubHub and ChowNow on Gameday. Chef Doug will also release his Spanakopita and Artichoke Dip ($16), which comes served with pita crisp, his Spreads Party Pack ($39) featuring three Andros spreads along with pita crisps and cruidités of vegetable and Andros’ Olympia Fries ($10), which come topped with hand-cut gyro, tzatziki and cheese. 



Bring home the best charcuterie and cheeses in Chicago on Super Bowl Sunday with Lardon’s Charcuterie and Cheese Boards! With three size options available to enjoy from your couch, pre-order yours for weekend pickups. Lardon offers 1-2, 3-4 and 6-8 person Charcuterie and Cheese Boards for your party and the cutoff for ordering will always be 5pm the day before pickup. Orders can be made through Lardon’s Tock



Is there a better trio than pizza, beer, and football? What better place to celebrate all three than at PB&J’s where large parties are welcome and cheering is encouraged. Reserve your section today with no minimums and no deposit required and come and enjoy the best game of the year with delicious food and drinks flowing all game long. Even though it won’t be the Chicago Bears, PB&J’s in Chicago’s West Loop will be partying all Super Bowl night long. 



Recess is the ultimate destination for NFL game days and the streak continues for NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl Sunday. Recess offers the Beer Down NFL Promotion throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl Sunday, which features food and drink specials all Game Day long. Football fans can chow down on Slider Towers and a la carte Sliders, wash it down with Daaa Beers import and domestic buckets, as well as slurp specialty Large Format boozy cocktails made for Super Bowl Sunday. Fans can also get a High Life and a shot of Tullamore Dew for $10. Learn more about Recess Game Day specials by visiting


FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Known for its wood-fired cooking and menu featuring the Midwest’s best meat, freshwater fish and produce, FireLake is a great place to watch the game while enjoying delicious food and fun cocktails. Order shareable items, such as the 2lb pretzel with beer cheese dipping sauce or the smoked whole bone-in wings with fried pickles for the first half and endugle in the Taste of FireLake which includes Coffee Rubbed Smoked Brisket, Rotisserie Chicken with Potato Salad, Smoked Ribs, Charred Sweet Corn Skillet Cornbread post halftime. If ribs are the way to your heart, don’t leave without ordering a half or full slab of Calabrian Smoked Pork Ribs with fennel potato salad, skillet corn bread. In addition, a special Superbowl brunch will take place in Upper FireLake for $52 per person and includes mimosas. Make a reservation online or by calling (312) 477-0234.


Old Pueblo Cantina:

Make Super Bowl Sunday the ultimate fiesta at home with Old Pueblo Cantina’s catering menu and takeout offerings. Guests can choose from a variety of offerings including Chips and homemade Guacamole, OPC’s famous Cheese Crisps, Taco Platter Kits, and more. 


Sophia Steak:

Heading to the suburbs for the big game? Sophia Steak has got you and guests covered with their to-go family style meals. Diners can choose from their choice of an entree which serves up to four guests, two large format salads, appetizers, and sides. Each order comes with 2 oz cocktail kits from the bar. 


Boxcar Betty’s:

Famous for their award-winning Southern fried chicken sandwiches, Boxcar Betty’s has Super Bowl grub taken care of with their loaded sandwich boxes. Each box comes with 10 individually wrapped mouthwatering sandwiches for you and your friends to chow down on and root on your team. With sandwich options like the signature Boxcar, Chicken Not So Waffle, Buffalo, The Betty or a build your own option, every base is covered. Plus, add on delicious sides like handcut fries, fried pickles, peach coleslaw and more for the ultimate Super Bowl feast. Orders for carryout are available by placing an order online or calling the Bucktown location.


The Loyalist:

Known for elevated French fare, The Loyalist is also home to one of Chicago’s best burgers, The Loyalist Original Cheeseburger. The burger, lovingly known as the Dirty Burg, is made with pickled and charred onions and a sesame seed bun. Consistently ranked as one of the top burgers in Chicago, the Dirty Burg is perfect for any Super Bowl get together for those looking to indulge in a hearty and heavenly bite while rooting on their team. Orders for pickup and delivery can be made via Caviar.


El Che Steakhouse & Bar:

Are you the type to prepare a game changing spread for the Super Bowl as opposed to ordering out? El Che Steakhouse & Bar has you covered with its retail market, El Che Meat & Provisions. The indy shop sells USDA premium Black Angus Beef from Creekstone Farms, South American wines, artisanal ingredients and more to help you prepare a game day feast. Grill Kits like the Parrillada Meal for 4 or the Ultimate Steak Box feature signature cuts of meat like short ribs, chorizo links and ribeyes alongside craft ingredients like chimichurri and salsa criolla, making them the perfect pre-assembled option to make for your Super Bowl party. Items are available for purchase online here or directly at the shop located inside the restaurant at 845 W Washington Blvd.


Hannah’s Bretzel:

Looking for a delicious and simple local option for game day? Look no further than Hannah’s Bretzel. The local sandwich chain features healthy, natural and organic ingredients in their made-from-scratch sandwiches and has catering options for parties of six or more. Try the Sandwich Tray with your selection of whole baguette sandwiches cut in half served with locally made salt+pepper house chips. Upgrade the tray to include salad and dessert and the package will include a freshly baked dessert box with organic quinoa blondies, triple chocolate brownies and organic chocolate chip cookies and your choice of a freshly prepared side salad. Visit the website or call your nearest location of Hannah’s Bretzel to place your order. 



Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

This year the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day fall only one day apart, which means only one thing, it’s time to celebrate both the love for your team and the love in your relationship! Enjoy this rare, unforgettable weekend at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and book the “Romance & Rivalry” package that includes overnight accommodations in the Presidential Suite with free parking and a welcome amenity of champagne and roses. But that’s not all, the one-of-a-kind package also features Valentine’s day dinner for two at FireLake Grill House & Bar with a romantic multiple course dinner in Upper FireLake, a bottle of premium wine and two cocktails and chocolate-covered strawberries to go. The next morning begins with a game-day brunch in Upper FireLake where you will load up on your game-day food favorites including two cocktails and unlimited beer and wine. 

Most Romantic Hotels to Spend Valentine’s Day in Chicago

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Most Romantic Hotels to Spend Valentine’s Day in Chicago



Most Romantic Hotels for Valentine's Day

If you have a special someone in your life, it’s only natural that you want to shower them with all the love and affection this Valentine’s Day. 

And the best way to do it is by booking a little staycation at a hotel that’s offering romantic packages and specials. 

But don’t worry — even if you don’t have a significant other, you still deserve some TLC and pampering. Grab a friend for a nice relaxing weekend celebrating Galentine’s Day!

Check out all the best hotels in Chicago to spend Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day 2022! 

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Nobu Hotel Chicago – Love is in the air 

Love is in the air as soon as you step through the door at Nobu Hotel Chicago with amenities made for couples looking for an intimate weekend away, perfect for a long Valentine’s Day weekend. Book the “Love at Nobu” package, which includes luxury suite accommodations featuring a teak bathtub with gorgeous views of the city, welcome amenity upon arrival, in-room 60-minute couples massage and daily continental breakfast for two. 


Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel – A weekend filled with romance and loving-rivalry  

This year Valentine’s Day and the Superbowl fall only one day apart! Enjoy this rare weekend at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and book the “Romance & Rivalry” package that includes accommodations in the Presidential Suite and a welcome amenity of champagne and roses. The package also features Valentine’s day dinner for two at FireLake Grill House & Bar with a romantic multiple course dinner in Upper FireLake, a bottle of premium wine and two cocktails and chocolate-covered strawberries to go. The next morning begins with a game-day brunch in Upper FireLake where you will load up on your game-day food favorites including two cocktails and unlimited beer and wine. 


Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown – A lovely evening along the riverfront 

Spend this Valentine’s Day at a riverside setting in the heart of Chicago! Spoil the one you love most with a stay at Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown and indulge in some of the largest guest rooms the city has to offer. Reserve the hotel’s Valentine’s Day package that features luxury accommodations, a champagne bottle upon arrival, cupid-approved welcome amenity and a “Build Your Love” itinerary for guests to choose their own romantic adventure. Itinerary options include a private lingerie fitting experience, Champagne helicopter tour or couple’s spa experience. You and your sweetheart will enjoy scenic views of the Chicago River and the spectacular cityscape while sipping on champagne from the comfort of your recently renovated room. 


Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk – A Valentine’s Day for the whole family 

The sweetest way to say I love you this Valentine’s Day is a stay at Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk, a perfect destination for the whole family. Treat your sweetheart and the kids to luxury accommodations and beautiful views from one of the hotel’s lake view suites. Spend the morning enjoying the Chicago Children’s Museum and the afternoon exploring Millennium Park. What better way to spend the holiday weekend than being steps away from adventure and having a heated pool to come back to after a fun-filled day. 


The Blackstone – A romantic and iconic downtown Chicago hotel 

Witness a place where past meets present and classic architecture molds with modern luxury while staying at The Blackstone, an iconic hotel rooted in Chicago’s legendary past. Experience mesmerizing views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park from one of the luxurious lake view rooms or become a part of history while staying in the Suite of Presidents or Smoke Filled Suite. Love art? Spend time exploring the hotel’s art collection that includes pieces that conjure up Chicago past and present. Book the “Spa Retreat” package and pamper your loved one with an in-room massage from K’Alma Spa. 


Kimpton Gray Hotel – A suite you never want to leave 

This Valentine’s Day spoil the one you love most by booking the “Suite Yourself” package at The Gray and treat them to a home away from home thanks to spacious accommodations that include a bath you will not want to leave. Be sure to reserve dinner under the stars at Boleo, the rooftop restaurant and lounge perched high above the city on the 15th floor. Experience innovative Latin-influenced cocktails, enticing food and vibrant music all under the retractable glass roof. 


The Drake Oak Brook – A glamorous escape from the everyday

Escape the city this Valentine’s Day and plan a romantic weekend at The Drake Oak Brook. Spend a romantic evening under the stars by reserving a heated igloo that offers a blend of delectable cuisine and crafted cocktails or reserve the Champagne Sunday Brunch at the iconic Colonial Room. Book the “Couples Escape” package, which includes newly renovated suite accommodations, champagne breakfast in bed for two, one-hour in-room couples massage and late check-out of 2 p.m. Indulge in what your body and heart need this holiday at The Drake Oak Brook. 


Le Méridien Chicago Oakbrook Center – Find l’amour this February in Oak Brook 

Celebrate love and the romance of travel (avec amour) this February at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, only twenty minutes from downtown Chicago. Savor the most charming season of the year by booking the “Stay (Avec Amour) with Le Meridien” that includes luxury accommodations, chocolate welcoming amenity, complimentary sparkling beverage and daily breakfast for two. 


Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel – A lovers retreat along the Chicago River

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your lover in the heart of the city at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Book the Valentine’s Getaway package from February 11 through 14, or even February 18 through 21 if celebrating later this year, and receive breakfast for two at Staytion Market & Bar and a late checkout of 1PM allowing you to have a leisurely morning after spending the evening with your sweetheart. Don’t skip a visit to Raised Bar Chicago on the third floor of the hotel for craft cocktails and delectable dining. The cocktail bar will feature a special Valentine’s Day menu with signature cocktails and bites during the holiday weekend. 

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4 Best Salted Caramel Cocktails to Try this Fall Including Caramel Pumpkin Pie



4 Best Salted Caramel Cocktails to Try this Fall

Pumpkin may be the flavor of the fall, but nothing sounds better or cozier than salted caramel flavored whiskey.
Thankfully, the indulgent flavor is available from Duke & Dame, and is available for all your fall cocktail needs.
The whiskey contains only 1g of sugar per serving and features 100% natural ingredients, per the press release. 
Here are some of the cocktails you can whip up to create the festive fall mood while watching Halloween classics and all the Halloween offerings on Netflix
Caramel Pumpkin Pie 
2 oz Duke & Dame 
1/2 oz Real Pumpkin Puree 
3/4 oz Lemon Juice 
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 
1 Egg White 
Caramel Apple Mule 
2 oz Duke & Dame 
1 oz Apple Cider 
1/2 oz Lemon Juice 
Top Off w/Ginger Beer 
Caramel Sour 
2 oz Duke & Dame 
1 oz Lemon Juice 
1 oz Simple Syrup 
Egg White (or Aquafaba) 
Duke In The City 
1 oz Duke & Dame 
3/4 oz Luxardo Liqueur 
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth 
3/4 oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice 
Brandied Cherry (garnish) 

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