130 Years of the 1893 World’s Fair, Let’s Celebrate: Unique Drinks by Chicago Bar Shop

Chicago Bar Shop pays homage to the grandeur of the 1893 World's Fair.

As we embark on a new chapter in the Chicago hospitality scene, we proudly embody the essence of craftsmanship and celebration. Led by the visionary team behind the esteemed Chicago Bar Shop and the beloved Irish Nobleman Pub, Chicago Bar Store brings you exceptional drinks inspired by the cultural tapestry of the fair. 

 

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Step back in time and raise a glass to the remarkable 1893 World's Fair, as we commemorate its 130th birthday! Join us on a journey of nostalgia and discovery as Chicago Bar Shop presents a selection of unique, refreshing, and delicious drinks inspired by this iconic event. In celebration of the rich history and cultural significance of the World's Fair, we invite you to indulge in a taste of the past with our specially crafted libations.

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Without further ado...

1983 World's Fair Commemorative Cocktails

 

  1. The Midway Mojito: Immerse yourself in the lively spirit of the Midway Plaisance, a vibrant entertainment area at the fair. This refreshing twist on the classic mojito infuses the flavors of fresh mint, zesty lime, and a hidden hint of tropical sweetness. Let the flavors transport you to a world of excitement and joy.

  2. The White City Sour: Pay homage to the fair's magnificent White City, a dazzling display of grand neoclassical architecture. This sophisticated cocktail combines the smoothness of bourbon, the tanginess of lemon, and a touch of lavender, evoking elegance and refinement. Savor each sip as you admire the fair's awe-inspiring structures.

  3. The Crystal Palace Collins: Inspired by the Crystal Palace, a jewel of the fair, this vibrant cocktail captures the essence of beauty and elegance. A mix of gin, fresh cucumber, and aromatic herbs, topped with sparkling soda, creates a refreshing and visually stunning libation. Raise a toast to architectural marvels and the artistry of the past.

 

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THE RECIPES!

The White City Sour:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lavender syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Lemon zest, for garnish

Instructions:

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, lavender syrup, and egg white
  • Shake vigorously without ice to emulsify the egg white
  • Fill the shaker with ice
  • Shake again until well-chilled
  • Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon zest

 

 

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The Midway Mojito:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz vanilla-infused simple syrup
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • Club soda
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig, for garnish

Instructions:

  • In a highball glass, muddle fresh mint leaves with fresh lime juice and simple syrup
  • Fill the glass with ice
  • Pour in white rum
  • Stir gently to combine
  • Top with club soda
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint

 

 

The Crystal Palace Collins:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz cucumber-infused simple syrup
  • 3-4 slices of cucumber
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Soda water
  • Cucumber slice and basil sprig, for garnish

Instructions:

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber slices and fresh basil leaves
  • Add gin, fresh lime juice, and cucumber-infused simple syrup to the shaker
  • Fill the shaker with ice
  • Shake well to infuse the flavors
  • Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice
  • Top with soda water
  • Stir gently to combine
  • Garnish with a cucumber slice and a sprig of basil

 

 

Join us on this extraordinary journey as we raise a toast to the past, present, and future. Celebrate the 130th birthday of the World's Columbian Exposition with Chicago Bar Shop, Irish Nobleman, and Chicago Bar Store, where craftsmanship, innovation, and a shared passion for history unite. Cheers to the legacy of the fair and the vibrant spirit of Chicago.