LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH: Letherbee Malört, Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, Orgeat, Apricot Liqueur, Lime, Mint
AUTUMN SWEATER: Letherbee Autumnal Gin, Glögg, Angostura Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters, Lemon
We’re already gearing our livers up for next week’s insane double header of Craft Spirits Week and Chicago Gourmet, and we’ll be distilling the schedule down to the must-attend events later this week. In the meantime, here’s one to definitely get on your radar—Letherbee’s new Autumnal Gin release party at the Whistler on September 24, which just so happens to coincide with the Whistler’s five-year anniversary and the bar’s week of celebrations. Seriously, stock up on coconut water now.
Letherbee’s first Autumnal release, last fall, featured “overtones of clove, nutmeg and allspice,” but this year things are a little different. “The main thing I was thinking of for this year was to incorporate smoke,” Letherbee’s Brenton Engel says. “Smoke will be a strong dominant flavor, which is interesting because no one has done much with smoke and gin.”
Besides smoke, the gin will feature mace, which he says is “almost like the fruit to the nutmeg seed; it’s what encapsulates the nutmeg.” To achieve the smoke flavor, they’re experimenting with a few ideas—using smoked black tea and smoking small batches of gin and then adding that to the whole batch.
Letherbee is making 120 cases of the gin, and 20 of those will be sent to New York. We spotted the Autumnal Gin in cocktails around the city last fall (and the Vernal Gin in the spring), so we’re looking forward to seeing what bartenders do with this batch.
The release party is at 6pm on Tuesday, September 24 at the Whistler (2421 N Milwaukee Ave).
We celebrate vintage vibes year round, but something about the beginning of fall gives us a craving for the dusty grooves! In lieu of Back-To-School/Work bedtimes, we’re trying something new:
PRELUDE: Join us for at 8PM for cocktails and conversation and hit the hay by 10PM! The masterful DJ Just Jazz will be playing the vintage grooves for this low key, grown-and-sexy-get-to-bed-early PRELUDE to Slo ‘Mo. We’ll have a special featured cocktail from the Whistler and other special treats. *The room will turn over for our monthly slow jams showdown around 10PM, so this special lil pre-show is for the early birds, please.*
SLO ‘MO: Slow jams for homos (and their fans) is Chicago’s party for lovers hosted by Kristen Kaza with grooves by Tess, including: Anita Baker, Sade, Frank Ocean, SWV, D’Angelo, Janet Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, Raphael Saadiq, Zhane, R. Kelly, Isley Brothers, Jade, Brandy, Teena Marie, Maxwell, Mary J Blige + more. Slo ‘Mo’s residency at Logan Square’s The Whistler takes place the third Thursday of every month.
Slo ‘Mo welcomes people of all identities, bodies and expressions uniting under the equal opportunistic style of soul music.
Save the date: Thursday, October 3rd — Step Brothers — DJs andymasur and adamwaytz are bringing Chicago Steppin’ to the Whistler with a night of soulful jams from the past, present and future.