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Natalie's Spotify Playlist & Inspiration
The inspiration for this playlist is a mixture of sounds from my memories behind the stick and things I grew up with and/or regularly listen to. I tried to choose things that remind me of the sound of longer days and warmer nights in my life here in Chicago. Dancing always keeps you warm, so you’ll be warm and refreshed with this playlist playing no matter how mild the spring is!”
Tulip, Too Late
Created by Natalie Smythe
Cocktail Name: Tulip, Too Late
- 1 part Jägermeister
- 1 part Tempus Fugit Gran Classico
- 1 part Strega
- ½ part Fruitful Mixology Mango Liqueur
- top with Fever-Tree Soda.
Garnish: Mint and Lemon Half-Moons
Method: Build ingredients in the glass, add ice, and top with Fever-Tree Soda. Stir to incorporate. Add mint and lemon half-moons to garnish.
Inspiration: In a city that experiences four seasons in 12 acts, there is a running joke that exaggerates how many winters we have in one year. Thus, March/April is the “spring of deception” territory. The epitome of rebirth, spring in Chicago is a torturous, visceral war between seasons: winds are still strong and chilly; rain turns to snow right before your eyes; and sunny, seventy-degree days are wedged between dark, thirty-degree disappointments. Thus, I bring you a cocktail that is appropriate for these bright, cloudy days with bone-chilling breezes: the “Tulip, Too Late.” This playful bittersweet ode to spring in Chicago is an americano riff that highlights the herbaceous freshness of Jagermeister with a feature from Italian-style bitters Strega and Gran Classico. This bittersweet symphony finishes with a hint of mango and a mint garnish to brighten our spirits and prepare us for brighter days!