Chicago Area Spirits on the Rise

FEW Last Word Cocktail (Prohibition era classic)

In cocktail shaker, combine equal parts:

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FEW American gin
Maraschino Liqueur
Fresh lime Juice

Shake well. Serve in Prohibition era--or modern day--cocktail glass.

Evanston was once the center of the temperance movement and a dry community until 1972. But now it has its very first distillery called FEW. The name just happens to be the initials of the one-time president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Frances Elizabeth Willard. Whatever Ms. Willard might think of that, the distillery is one of a growing number of spirits producers popping up all around Chicago. We get a taste of what’s being bottled.

Here are three other Chicago craft distilleries that have opened in recent years. KOVAL was the first to establish itself in the city since the end of Prohibition.

Rhine Hall Distillery
2010 W. Fulton St., Chicago
Co-founder: Jenny Solberg



Rhine Hall Sidecar

1.5 oz. Rhine Hall Apple Brandy (or Oaked Apple Brandy)
2/3 oz. Orange Liqeuer
½ oz. Lemon Juice
Splash of simple syrup

Shake rigorously with ice and serve in cocktail glass with sugar rim (optional).

CH Distillery
564 W. Randolph St., Chicago
Co-founder: Tremaine Atkinson



CH Cease and Desist (riff on Penicillin Cocktail)

2 oz. CH London Dry Gin infused with Lapsang Souchong tea
¾ oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Honey
½ oz. Ginger Syrup

Shake with ice, strain and serve.

KOVAL Distillery
5121 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago
Co-founder: Sonat Birnecker Hart



KOVAL Hip Manhattan

2 oz.  KOVAL Rye Whiskey
½ oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
½ oz. KOVAL Rose Hip Liqueur
2 Dashes    Angostura Bitters

Stir, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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