Summer is the time to give a big “Cheers!” to making it through the winter and for the glorious feel of the sun on our skin. illumine found the mocktails inviting at the South Water Kitchen, 225 N. Wabash, Chicago, and then we tried the cocktails! All of the concoctions are herbally-infused with syrups made in-house.
We raved over the flavors of the Lavender Soda mocktail, a specialty that includes sweet and floral lavender syrup mixed with muddled blackberries, topped off with a tart lemon juice and soda water for a refreshing fizzy finish.
The Porch Swing, a gin-based cocktail, marries basil strawberry syrup, aperol (a bitter orange Italian liqueur), tangerine bitters, lemon and egg white in a uniquely delicious combination. You’ll wish you were sitting on a porch swing while enjoying these summer sips. The restaurant’s riverview outdoor seating is an excellent urban alternative, however, and among the best scenes in the city.