I was invited to attend a brunch introducing Absolut Chicago, Absolut’s latest vodka in its limited edition City series.
Absolut’s version of Chicago tastes savory and masculine, rosemary and olive. When one thinks of vodka and olive, on can’t help but think of a martini. Or two: the Absolut Chicago Dirty Martini and Absolut Chicago Dry Martini, the former having, in addition to the olive brine, a garnish of both olives and rosemary sprig.
However, since it was brunch, and martinis are usually relegated to after 5pm, the offerings were Absolut Chicago with tonic, Absolut Chicago Rosemary Lemonade, Absolut Chicago Mary, and Absolut Chicago Mimosa. Absolut Chicago Rosemary Lemonade was quite nice, as the savory Absolut Chicago offset the lemonade’s sweetness; very drinkable. The Absolut Chicago Mimosa can be thought of as a screwdriver with sparkling wine, or a fortified mimosa. Tasty either way. I did not try the other drinks because tonic is gross and tomato juice is grosser.
Not only is Absolut Chicago a unique flavor, the bottle in which it is contained is a piece of art. Chicago’s Threadless design community created a nice twist on the Chicago skyline to decorate the limited edition bottles of Absolut Chicago.
Our brunch wasn’t only about the drinks, we had a bit of food. Actually, we had more than a bit of food. Hubbard Inn provided us with a very nice three-course brunch that complemented the drinks nicely.
To celebrate the launch of Absolut Chicago, October 24 is Absolut Chicago Day, when Absolut Chicago events will take place throughout the day. An ambitious person could spend the whole day celebrating Absolut Chicago Day in style.
Absolut Chicago is now available at Binny’s.