The night seems blacker than usual, as if the darkness itself has become solid. Substantial. Sentient, even. The usual disheveled masses are swarming the bar, smiling their empty smiles, desperate for another swig of whatever will enhance their moods or drown out the ceaseless drone of meaninglessness that pervades their subconscious. It doesn’t matter. Even here, even with the bass swelling, the warm bodies gyrating and the PBR spraying like an arc of diamonds across the room, the iniquitous refrain won’t stop repeating, repeating itself through your mind, like a parasite, lodged deep within, unstopping, infinite… “I’ll be there for youuuuuuuu….”
After a two year hiatus, Book Club returns to The Whistler on April 30th. As in the past, our bartenders will pull a cocktail book off the shelf and serve up their favorite drinks from within it. For the April installment of Book Club we’re making drinks from the delightfully entertaining Left Coast Libations, by Ted Munat. We’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a number of these drinks at their bars of origin — such as an Armistice by Erik Hakkinen at Zig Zag Café in Seattle and a Chartreuse Swizzle by Marco Dionysos at Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco — so we’re excited to bring these and other cocktails from Left Coast Libations to our friends in Chicago.
For the evening’s entertainment, James Davis will lead a quartet performing “west coast jazz” in the vein of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan’s famous quartet from the early 1950’s. They’ll play sets at 9:30pm and 11:00pm.
“The Negroni: a gaz regan Notion, is filled with essays about the Negroni written by Barnaby Conrad III, Rosie Schaap, and others, quotations, Negroni variations, and comments about the drink from the world’s top bartenders and personalities such as Dushan Zaric, David Wondrich, Salvatore Calabrese, Dale DeGroff, Jim Meehan, Alex Kratena, and yes, Orson Wells. Read about Count Negroni, the bronco-buster who first created the drink in the early years of the 20th century, and discover the pretender to his throne, too. “A classic drink can be counted on to start fights and stir controversy, says regan, “and the Negroni certainly fits that bill. There’s even a Negroni cheesecake recipe in the book. What more could a Negroni lover ask for?”
For the Negroni event, The Whistler — in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and DePaul University — will present live music by Italian guitarist Luca Nostro.
Book Club began at The Whistler in 2010. Past events have featured classic cocktails from Jigger, Beaker & Glass by the early 20th century bon vivant Charles H. Baker, Jr., Tiki titles such as Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide by Victor Bergeron and Intoxica! and Grog Log by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the modern and experimental recipe guide Rogue Cocktails by Maks Pazuniak and Kirk Estopinal, and cocktail historian David Wondrich’s Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl, among other books.
Here’s a neat essay on the history of Bénédictine — along with a tip of the cap to our FREE RIDER cocktail — via BarNotes:
A certain well-known ingredient appears in just about any well-stocked bar: Bénédictine D.O.M. This distinctive herbal liqueur is about 40% abv and has a complex flavor that contains notes of lavender, honey, and other botanicals, all of which linger and fade into one another the longer it…