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Chicago magazine's February issue has a drinker's guide featuring some of our favorites. Kris von Dopek, a past Cocktail Challenge participant and one of the competitors in the Woodford Reserve "Manhattan experience," shares a recipe for his cocktail the Colonial. Paul McGee, another Cocktail Challenger, tricks out a home bar, though if you ask me his own, as featured in Space, is a lot more handsome. And Lauren Viera susses out the 20 best cocktails in Chicago. Get me to Lula for that Bloody Mary with smoked oysters and caper brine!
In other cocktail news, while sampling the Transfinite Induction, another one of Chicago mag's top 20, last night, I learned that Sterling Field will be joining Paul McGee in the new River North venture from R.J. and Jerrod Melman and the Rancics. He's given notice at Sable and plans to take March off "to recharge."