Labor Day signals the end of summer, and if you are like us, we don’t want to let go. To celebrate summer’s last hurrah this holiday weekend, we are sharing some easy-to-make cocktail recipes from William Grant & Sons brand ambassadors. If you do partake, cheers with us on social by tagging us at @betterchicago, we would love to see!
Backyard Tea by Ashley Thomas
Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador
2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 part iced tea
2 parts lemonade
Method: Serve on the rocks, garnished with a lemon
Reyka Orange Crush by Trevor Schneider
Reyka Vodka Brand Ambassador
1.5 parts Reyka Vodka
3 part fresh orange juice
Top sprite OR soda
Method: Build by combining all ingredients
Glass: Pint glass
Garnish: Orange slice
Rum Boulevard by Charlotte Voisey
William Grant & Sons
1 part Flor de Cana 7
¾ parts Campari
¾ part Sweet Vermouth
Method: Combine ingredients and stir well. Strain over a large block of ice in a rocks glass. Spritz and garnish with a large orange peel.
The Freshest Margarita by Jaime Salas
Milagro Tequila Brand Ambassador
2 Parts Milagro Silver
¾ Part Agave Nectar
1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
Method: Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Pioneer Old Fashioned by David Powell
Hudson Whiskey Brand Ambassador
2 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon
1 tsp Demerara simple syrup
3-4 dashes aromatic bitters
Method: Add to a mixing glass: simple syrup, bitters, then Baby Bourbon. Stir well to combine and chill. Strain into Double Old Fashioned glass over one large rock (or fill the glass with smaller cubes).
The Mixed Up Monkey by Vance Henderson
William Grant & Sons
1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder
¾ parts Mint Simple Syrup
½ parts Fresh Lemon Juice
3 parts Club Soda
Garnish with mint sprig
Method: Build in highball glass over ice, lightly stir and garnish with a mint sprig.
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How You Can Help:
As you cook at home and safely shop for groceries, consider that many struggle to feed themselves and their families. Here are some organizations to support that help feed those in need.
- The Greater Chicago Food Depository
More than 700 partners across Cook County ensure that nutritious food is available all year to neighbors in need.
- Northern Illinois Food Bank
Part of Feeding America, the Northern Illinois Food Bank helps solve hunger through pantries and feeding sites.
- Hillside Food Pantry
Distributes food to those in need in Evanston.