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Drink This Weekend Edition: Cocktail dinner at Sanctuaria to feature North Shore spirits

September 10th 01:09pm, 2010

062310_SanctuariaFrom wine dinners to beer dinners and now even cocktail dinners, restaurants all over town offer bang-for-your-buck multi-courses paired with great beverages. An upcoming event we’re buzzing over is a cocktail dinner at Sanctuaria in The Grove. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16 and is a five-course affair featuring products by North Shore Distillery in Chicago. Sonja Kassebaum, owner of the craft distillery, will be on hand to describe the artisan spirits that are flying off liquor store shelves across the country.

Each of the cocktails is an original recipe by Sanctuaria’s talented bar manager Matt Seiter and is paired with a dish created by executive chef Chris Lee. To start off the evening, guests will get a taste of North Shore’s vodka with papaya and lemon juices, Amaro Abano and hibiscus tea in a light refreshment called Lake Bluff Punch. Next, they’ll sip on Absinthe Cocktail No. 2, which spotlights the distillery’s absinthe mixed with Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and pineapple juice. Then, the Midtown Sizzle uses the über-botanical Distiller’s Gin No. 6, raspberry syrup, lemon juice, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram and whisky barrel-aged bitters. The fourth cocktail of the evening is Seiter’s summer hit, Wascally Wabbit, which calls for North Shore Aquavit, carrot juice, lemon juice, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur and Yellow Chartreuse. Seiter calls it “a sweet and savory drink all at once,” adding that it’s a “lighter cocktail but packed full of flavor.” The nightcap will be Autumn’s Blush, which uses North Shore’s Gin No. 11, a London dry gin, along with fresh grape juice made from grapes grown at sister restaurant Café Ventana’s garden. Seiter has spiced the fruit with clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. The drink also includes rhubarb bitters and is topped with lavender foam.

Five cocktails may sound like a lot, but worry not – the serving size is under control. “Like a wine dinner, it’s a small portion of cocktails,” said Seiter. Those thirsty for more, of course, can buy North Shore booze to mix at home.

Dinner begins at 7 p.m., and will be served on the patio, weather permitting. The event is limited to 50 guests, so hurry up and nab your $65 seat by calling (314) 535-9700.

By Ligaya Figueras

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