Spring Has Sprung With Exciting News!

When April comes around, we automatically have warm weather on our brains—even us Chicagoans who know better.  Spring, more than any other season, represents the launch of something new and beautiful new beginnings have recently budded in my life. I’m bursting to share all of it with you, so here we go!

After a few great years with the W Hotels Chicago, I’ve moved on to a new and exciting opportunity with BIN 36.  Many of you are familiar with BIN 36 and its previous location across from the House of Blues Chicago.  Well, we’ve relocated to the West Loop and we’re opening with gusto!  I’ll be managing an amazing and talented team at the new BIN 36.  In anticipation of the warm weather, you’ll be happy to know that we’ll be unveiling a primo patio as well as a beautiful private event space.   If you’re planning a spring or summer event, shoot me an email at lparton@bin36.com and I’ll give you all of the dets.  Tell your friends and mark your calendars for April 10th and get ready to say hello to amazing food, wine and cocktails!

Speaking of cocktails… here are a few new spring cocktails that I’m currently obsessing over.  In each cocktail, I’ve highlighted a few of the best flavors of the season.  Give them a try and tag me on Facebook or Twitter with your feedback.

Spring Awakening
1 oz Effen Cucumber
1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka 3/4 oz lime juice 3/4 oz Agave nectar 2 dashes cherry bitters
Elio Perrone Moscato
Directions: Shake and strain and top with Elio Perrone Moscato.

Low Thai’d
2 oz Ransom Aquavitae Grappa
1/2 oz lychee syrup 1/2 oz lime juice Basil leaf Tsp chili flakes 2 dash celery bitters
Thai basil (garnish)
Pickled Fresno chilies (garnish)
Directions: Shake and double strain.  Garnish with Thai basil and pickled Fresno chilies.

April Showers
1/2 plum tomato muddled
1 tsp chili flakes
Pinch of salt 1/2 oz lime juice 3/4 oz Combier Kümmel 1 1/2 oz St. George Botanivore gin
Lime twist (garnish)
Directions: Shake and strain. Top with homemade curry soda and garnish with lime twist.

Well, I’ve saved the best for last.  The last piece of news I’d like to share with you… I’m engaged!  My wonderful guy (John), made it official while we were on vacation in Costa Rica.   Yup!  He put a ring on it—during a phenomenal sunset on a Costa Rican beach surrounded only by blue waters and white sand.  It was one of the most precious moments ever.  Wedding planning is in full effect and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest and greatest.

So, there you have it: a new job, a few new seasonal cocktails and a new fiancé!  I’m embracing all of the newness in my life and I’m excited for the journey ahead.  I hope you are too!  Cheers to us and all of our fresh starts this spring season.