Bottlefork's Brandon Phillips has a perfect summer cocktail inspired by his favorite childhood drive-in restaurant.
Since it opened earlier this year, Bottlefork’s cocktail program, helmed by head barkeep Brandon Phillips, has consistently proven to be one of the most ambitious in Chicago. The house-made root beer-infused At the Drive-In is one of the latest additions to the summer bar menu, and one that Phillips holds close to his heart.
“When I think of summer, I think back to childhood when my parents would take me to Ardy & Ed's, a drive-in restaurant that’s been in my hometown since 1948. My favorite part was always the frosty mug of the root beer they made right there; that was the inspiration for making my own root beer here at Bottlefork. Once I had made the root beer, it didn't take long to put it into a cocktail,” Phillips told us.
The cocktail blends old-school nostalgia with new-school mixology, and will transport you to the dog days of summer at first sip.
AT THE DRIVE-IN
1 oz. Pyrat XO Rum
½ oz. Wray & Nephew Rum
½ oz. Salers Aperitif
1 ½ oz. root beer syrup
¾ oz. lemon juice
2 dashes of Boker's Bitters
3 oz. soda water
Add all ingredients except soda into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Put soda into a pilsner glass and double strain cocktail on top of it. Add ice, a straw, and garnish with a circle of root beer leaf.