Martini Madness at CH Distillery

CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoI’ll be the first person to admit that for many years I didn’t actually know what March Madness meant.

Ask me any details about most professional and college-level sports teams and I’ll blink back blindly at you. I know almost nothing (except about my beloved Cubbies) when it comes to sports. A point that never ceases to upset my sports-loving family too (though thank goodness I married a man who cares as little as I do!).

So the idea of March Madness never held much appeal for me.

But, being a foodie, when I heard about CH Distillery’s Martini Madness contest, I strongly suspected this was a March bracket I could get into. 8 martinis, 2 weeks, and as many orders of martinis as you can stand all forming the ultimate bar arts culinary competition — I am IN!

Especially when it all happens inside CH’s incredible distillery which I’ve recently discovered also has some of the best bar nibbles you’ll find in the Second City. Food porn and a full, all made-in-house bar? I am SO IN!
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoStart off with an olive medley. It’s the perfect briny start to any cocktail meet-up at CH.CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant Chicago Then a few cocktails to whet your appetite. Like this classic gin and tonic.
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant Chicago It’s naturally pink thanks to CH’s house-made tonic (they have to make everything for their cocktails in-house since they are technically a distillery, not just a bar or restaurant).CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoOr try this beautiful Rasputin’s Eye of CH Vodka, DH Rum, Beet, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Serrano, Fennel, and Lemon.
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoWhich is absolutely beautiful to shoot — who doesn’t love a giant spherical ice-cube?CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoOh and don’t forget to order this beautiful Clover Club Cocktail either made of CH London Dry Gin, Raspberry, Egg White, and Lemon.CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoWhich felt light, airy, and romantic — the perfect drink for a girl’s night out!
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoBut the best part about CH Distillery is that their delicious menu really stands up strongly to their killer cocktails too.
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoStarting with these stellar Vegetarian Tacos with cebollitas, green and red bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms. Served with roasted tomato salsa and elote salad on the side. YUM!CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoOr, for the meat-lovers in the crowd, order this Braised Pork Belly Poutine with home fries, cheese curds, housemade savory gravy, and house made giardiniera with a fried egg on top.CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoMy particular favorites were these stellar Hush Puppies with corn, cheddar, and scallion fritters served with chipotle aioli. You may not want to share these…
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoBut DON’T DARE FORGO ordering this insane Grilled Cheese. It’s made with sharp cheddar and parmigano on sourdough bread (you have the option of adding smoked bacon too).CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoWhat makes this grilled cheese so special (well besides the fact that the bread is covered in a crust of delicious cheese too) is that it is soooooo cheesy. And so comforting. And amazingly delicious paired with cocktails and martinis…
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoIt is one SERIOUSLY drool-worthy sandwich. And one I can easily see myself coming back for time and time again!CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoI mean…CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoJUST…CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoLOOK at it!
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoNow since CH is launching their Martini Madness contest this week, I should probably start sharing a few of these stellar martinis with you too, right? Starting with this magnificent Center 100 martini of pure CH Center 100 Vodka. Simple and made of the best from each vodka batch. Perfection.CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoBut here’s the one you’re going to want to be ordering.
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoThe one I’m proud to be sponsoring for this Martini Madness…CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoThe Scarlet’s Walk Martini of CH Gin Liqueur, CH Dogma Bitter Dog, and Hum Botanical Spirit.
CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoIt’s dynamic, slightly floral…CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant Chicagobeautiful…

And ridiculously drinkable.CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoNot to mention photogenic!CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoSo if you find yourself at CH Distillery make sure to order this limited edition martini — the more sales of each martini, the farther along the martini makes it through the brackets!CH Distillery Cocktail Bar Restaurant ChicagoBe sure to stop by CH Distillery from now until April 1st to participate in the Martini Madness challenge! You’ll get $2 off any martini in the bracket too!

But make sure you order a Scarlet’s Walk — it pairs so well with a toasty grilled cheese and it’ll be a delicious way to enter yourself to win some Martini Madness prizes too!

Running now at CH Distillery through April 1st!

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  • Erin Byrne

    These photos are so beautiful! Love your new lens. <3

  • Those drinks look so good and the sandwich looks amazing!!

    xx Jennifer
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  • Rosy Ferry

    This is definitely something I could get on board with, I love a good Martini and the food looks delicious too. I’m also one of the only ones in my whole family who isn’t into sports.

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