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Cocktails at the Florentine in Chicago by cdbakunas
November 15, 2010, 3:35 pm
Filed under: Food and Drink, Libations, Word on the Street | Tags: , , , , ,

I’ve recently had the pleasure to work with Richard Breitkreutz of BLT Group in NYC. Richard is BLT’s corporate beverage director and has under his myriad responsibilities wine, beer, non acoholic beverages and cocktails. Phew, that is a ton of work. My brow is sweating just thinking about it all. You see, all the planning of a multi state operation like BLT means you travel the country, meet with different distributor reps (all of whom are different) search for brands that you know, love and have worked with, sometimes find them, other times find new hidden gems and put this altogether in a seamless program that enhances and supports your menu,  environment and pathos of the restaurant. Yes, daunting.

The Florentine, which has just opened in the JW Marriot at 151 W Adams St in Chicago, is home to BLT’s latest incarnation. A modern Italian menu created by Chef Todd Stein (you may have enjoyed his food at the luxury hotel, The Wit) with dashing dishes like Sweatbreads “Picatta,” Squid Ink Spaghetti Alla Chitarra, Arctic Char Putanesca or Kobe Sirloin Tagliata.

Richard was kind enough to share recipes with me on two of his newest cocktail creations. And I share them with you. Make a few drinks tonight, share them with friends and send a tweet or two while imbibing, it’ll be a social thing.

Thank you Richard, and thank you Florentine.

Italian Hound
It is a twist on the classic Greyhound also using Aperol.

1 1/2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
3/4 oz Aperol
Splash simple syrup
Fresh Ruby Red grapefruit Juice
Build in a Highball glass – gin, Aperol, simple stir: add ice and then top with juice; garnish with a lime wedge

We also are featuring a classic Negroni on our list with the following recipe

1 1/2 oz Smalls Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica Formulae Vermouth

Build drink in a shaker. Add ice, shake and strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass; garnish with an orange twist


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