While there are a handful of underground dining clubs in Chicago, Liquor Lab is an underground cocktail club for members only. I had the chance to grab a glimpse of the secret society at a recent event. Liquor Lab members pay a yearly membership and can attend bi-monthly events across the city. Each members-only event has a specific focus and features a mixologist or bartender from a local venue. Each event is individually ticketed and capacity is capped at 60-80 people. Venues change every event and are only disclosed to members one week in advance.
The event I attended, titled "World of Whiskey,"featured Whiskey-based cocktails created by Preston Cohen from CH Distillery. The event was held in a private space at West Loop's Vivo. Preston crafted a menu featuring six whiskey cocktails using a variety of spirits. He said this task was especially challenging for him as he's typically used to crafting cocktails using only CH Distillery spirits.
|World of Whiskey Menu|
|Chai 'n Low|
The most creative cocktail award definitely goes to Hell for Rent, a concoction of Connemara Irish whiskey and Hellfire bitters, served in a hollowed bell pepper. Can we make bell pepper glassware a thing? The aroma from the pepper actually worked nicely with the cocktail. We also were encouraged to add ice shards to this drink (I did). This ended up being my favorite drink of the night.
|Hell for Rent|
|Hell for Rent|
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Note: my Liquor Lab experience was complimentary; however, all opinions expressed herein are my own.