Chicago: Bar Hop Between CH Distillery to Three Dots and a Dash
I decided to do a tasting of their aperitifs and digestifs. I chose the CH Amaro, Fernet-Dogma, Rubin and Bitter Dog.
One of my favorite travel partners opted for Carolina On My Mind. We’re bourbon buddies and I knew she’d like this drink. It’s a tad sweeter than I would like it but it was very refreshing.
Carolina On My Mind – CH Distillery bourbon, mint, peach, lemon
Our other friend is into gin so she got Jessie’s Girl. Fun name, fun drink.
Jessie’s Girl – CH Distillery London Dry gin, strawberry, mint, celery
CH Distillery is near Avec, one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It was a great meal and it was nice to end with a drink at CH Distillery. I’m glad I got to try their stuff.
Then we headed back to downtown to check out Three Dots and a Dash. I had gone to Lost Lake the night before and wanted to see the bigger tiki bar in town. The bar’s entrance is in the alley. It’s not a speakeasy per se as you’ll spot it with the door guy and the tiki torches. We didn’t make reservations but luckily it wasn’t too busy.
It was fairly loud with club music playing. The bar itself was packed and I was a little bummed out we didn’t sit at the bar.
We decided on drinks basically by mug. Or maybe that was just me. My bourbon buddy ended up with a cachaca and rum drink while our gin lover stuck to her guns and had a Royal Hawaiian which is gin based. I really wanted to buy a mug for my tiki mug collection but the ones at Three Dots are quite pricey. I settled for taking lots of pics of my cute Cobra’s Fang.
The Cobra’s Fang has fassionola, a syrup of many fruits including strawberry, mango, passionfruit, pineapple, hibiscus and lime. I thought my drink was quite delightful.
Aloha Felicia #3 – cachaca, Caribbean rum, coconut, Amontillado sherry, lime, pineapple
Royal Hawaiian – Navy strength gin, orgeat, pineapple, lemon
Cobra’s Fang – 151 proof demerara rum, lime, passionfruit, tangerine, fassionola, falernum, absinthe, bitters
We had a good time but my fave tiki bar in Chicago is still Lost Lake.(312) 610-4220
Enter from alley on Hubbard St
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