Summer’s Last Spritzes

From mimosas to Bellinis to the Aperol spritz, we’re big fans of the fizz in our drinks. Refreshing, effervescent and a breeze to make, take a departure from your usual mimosa this weekend for these sparkling wine cocktails perfect for the transition to fall!

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Baby Cheeks

  • 1 oz CH Vodka
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup
  • ¾ oz Lime Juice
  • Strawberries
  • Gouguenheim Sparkling Rosé

Strawberries and sparkling rosé. Name a better duo…we’ll wait. Perfect for rosé and cosmo drinkers alike, plus the rest of us who aren’t willing to give up those summer vibes just yet.

Dice 5-6 strawberries and combine in 4 oz of simple syrup. Smash the strawberries with the back of a spoon and let them rest in the syrup until liquid begins to take on color and flavor of strawberries (~30min). After the flavor has been extracted into the syrup, strain the remaining strawberries from the newly flavored syrup (only ¾ oz). Juice one lime and set aside until you’re ready to compose the cocktail. Combine all ingredients in your shaker. Add a few ice cubes and shake. Strain into a white wine glass or coupe. Top with about 3 oz of Gouguenheim sparkling rosé and garnish with a small strawberry.

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Creeping Vine

  • 1 oz Hendricks Gin
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup
  • Cucumber  
  • Jean Louis Cuvée Brut

Play up the unique Hendricks botanicals with refreshing slices of crisp cucumber!

Cut 2 slices of cucumber and add to your cocktail shaker. Juice 1 lemon, and combine with gin and simple syrup into your cocktail shaker. Lightly muddle the cucumber with a wooden spoon or muddler. Add ice and shake until cold. Strain into a white wine glass or coupe. Top with about 3 oz of Jean Louis Cuvée Brut and garnish with a cucumber wheel or peel.  

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Grapefruit Aperol Spritz

  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 2 oz Grapefruit LaCroix
  • 2 oz Ca’ Furlan Prosecco
  • Orange

A simple riff on the classic Aperol Spritz, this version with grapefruit LaCroix adds balance to the Aperol and prosecco for a slightly acidic and bittersweet spritz that’s not too rich. Highly crushable.

Combine Aperol, LaCroix and prosecco into a Collins glass. Mix gently as not to disturb the carbonation. Gently add ice until covered. Express one orange twist and enjoy!

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Meet the Maker: Paul Wayne

Welcome to Meet the Maker  – a new series exploring the stories of your favorite products at Foxtrot! In each feature, we’ll go behind the scenes and get to know the people, process and passion behind the brand.

To kick things off, we’re hitting the mixers with Paul Strabley, owner and head baker at Paul Wayne – home to that chocolate chip cookie, among other snacks and confections. Paul’s passion for his work shines through every item that leaves his Lakeview kitchen, with each treat’s ingredients handcrafted down to the smallest detail. We spent a morning there to learn more about his creative process, where he finds inspiration, and of course, bake all. the. cookies.

Without further ado, let’s meet Paul!





The Beer Drop: Temperance Birdsong

Good ol’ Evanston, Illinois. Aside from being the “Home of Evanston’s Big Ten Team” (sorry NU grads, a shameless Illini over here), Chicago’s neighbor to the North is also home to great beer, a la Temperance Beer Company, and we’re excited to take this week’s Beer Drop to celebrate the first-ever cans of their Birdsong Saison! I recently had the chance to catch up with Emily Kwasny, Brewery Operations Manager at Temperance, to dive into the beer, their Evanston roots, and much more. Crack open a fresh one and read on – cheers!

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