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The 100 best dishes and drinks of 2015


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Read more about 84 87 DRINKS 82. Red Rum at the Drifter


The names of possible drinks are printed on tarot cards at Liz Pearce’s underground speakeasy, and each day, she draws the evening’s offering. Keep your fingers crossed for the Red Rum, a lively vegetal rum drink, made with fresh bell pepper, egg white and port. 676 N Orleans St (312-631-3887, thedrifterchicago.com). $12.


83. Anxiety’s Door at Billy Sunday


One sip of this beautifully balanced bacanora cocktail, with Citra hops, persimmon, lime and burnt sugar bitters, and any anxieties will see themselves out. 3143 W Logan Blvd (773-661-2485, billy-sunday.com). $11.


84. Some Days Last a Long Time at Lost Lake Once friends are offered a taste of this complex balance of Scotch, funky sherry, absinthe, coconut and lemon, they won’t give it back. 3154 W Diversey Ave (773-293- 6048, lostlaketiki.com). $12.


85. Standing Stone at the Whistler


The recipe sounds heavy: It’s Scotch, vanilla, allspice and Angostura bitters. But the end product is amazingly light and easy to drink. 2421 N Milwaukee Ave (773-227-3530, whistlerchicago.com). $8.


86. Wondermint Malted at Best Intentions So much better than a Shamrock Shake, this minty drink is spiked with Death’s Door Wondermint. 3281 W Armitage Ave (312-818-1254, bestintentionschicago .com). Small $8, large $11.


87. Purl No. 5 at Analogue


Combining beer and bitters, purls have been made for hundreds of years in England. Analogue’s bracing but


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refreshing version comes laced with pineapple, rhubarb and hibiscus. 2523 N Milwaukee Ave (773-904-8567, analoguechicago.com). $7.


88. Sherry cobbler at Broken Shaker


Not yet on board the sherry revolution? Broken Shaker’s sherry cobbler is a game changer. A trio of funky sherries and rum team up with a rotating fruit shrub and acid phosphates for an easy-to-drink draft cocktail. 19 E Ohio St (312-940-3699, thefreehand.com). $13.


89. Polished Nail at the Heavy Feather


Bartender Doug Phillips polishes up a rusty nail by adding dry vermouth and orangey Ramazzotti amaro to the traditional Scotch and Drambuie for a cocktail with flavor that just keeps going. 2357 N Milwaukee Ave (773-799- 8504). $10.


90. Lincoln Park at GreenRiver


Quick way to upgrade a piña colada: Add two Scotches and Cappelletti to pineapple and coconut and throw in bartender Julia Momose’s exceptional talent for balance. 259 E Erie St, 19th floor (312-337-0101, greenriverchi .com). $13.


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91. Nikka Nori Old Fashioned at Arami


1829 W Chicago Ave (312-243-1535, aramichicago.com). $16.


92. House shandygaff at Pub Royale


2049 W Division St (773-661-6874, pubroyale.com). $6.


93. Calpis soda at Ramen Takeya 819 W Fulton Market (312-666- 7710, ramentakeya.com). $4.


94. Yum Yum from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.


9750 Indiana Pkwy, Munster, IN (219-922-3565, 3floyds.com). Various prices.


95. Sunday Session from Ale Syndicate


773-340-2337, alesyndicate.com. $9.99/six-pack.


96. Gin Snapper at Scofflaw 3201 W Armitage Ave (773-252- 9700, scofflawchicago.com). $8.


97. Cafe de Olla at Xoco 449 N Clark St (rickbayless.com /restaurants/xoco). $4.


98. Truffle Amaretto at the Office 955 W Fulton Market (theaviary.com). $38.


99. Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison from Moody Tongue Brewing Company


312-600-5111, moodytongue.com. $10/four-pack.


100. Michigan tart cherry soda at Same Day Cafe


2651 N Kedzie Ave (773-342-7040, samedaycafe.com). $3.


PHOTOGRAPHS: TOP RIGHT, BOTTOM RIGHT: JACLYN RIVAS; BOTTOM CENTER, BOTTOM LEFT: NICK MURWAY; TOP LEFT: ANDREW NAWROCKI


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