Chicago's green fairy


Courtesy of North Shore Distillery

Signature cocktails have become standard reception fare. Instead of trying to come up with yet another twist on a classic drink, consider serving something a little sexier during your cocktail hour. North Shore Distillery, Chicago's only artisanal distillery, has been working on a recipe for absinthe for years and now—since the once-forbidden liquor has been made legal—has introduced it to the public. Sirène Absinthe Verte is an intoxicating blend of anise, fennel, grand wormwood and other botanicals. Set up an absinthe bar during your cocktail hour or reception, where you guests can watch their drink be prepared: First an ounce of absinthe is poured in a specialty glass. Next an absinthe spoon, topped with a cube of sugar, is balanced above the drink. Finally, ice-cold water drips over the sugar cube, dissolving it into the absinthe. The sugar and water allow the flavors and aroma of the liquor to come to the surface. Visit their online store to absinthe supples and check out their store locator to find a Sirène Absinthe Verte vendor near you. —Allison Bean, Editorial Assistant, Magazines

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