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Mocktails from Siena Tavern


Drink ’em Dry

By Elle Cashin

Photo by Morgan Scofes


One River North restaurant is helping you keep your New Year’s resolution.

The holidays are over and we could all use a little detox. For those trying their hands—or tongues, rather—at Dry January this year, Siena Tavern has good news. The River North restaurant tapped its bartenders to create a quartet of off-the-menu mocktails, cleverly named with negative numbers to reflect its normal numbered drink list. Nos. -11 through -14 are made up of various combinations of muddled fruit and juices for sippers so scrumptious you won’t even miss the booze. Try the No. -12, with peach, mint and ginger beer served in a coupe, or the No. -14, a mix of strawberries and pineapple juice with a lemonade base. Too tempting to go out? Here, the mixologists share one recipe for you to try at home:

No. -11
4 slices strawberry
2 blackberries
1 ounce pineapple juice
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup

Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail mixer and strain into a martini glass. Top off with soda water and garnish with a blackberry.

Happy New Year—and happy cleansing! 51 W. Kinzie St., 312.595.1322