kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Featured Cocktail: Chicago's Cohasset Punch


To honor Number 44's Chicago hometown, the bar at Bastille is serving up The Chicago Cohasset Punch—a drink that for decades was the essential cocktail in the Windy City. Victoria-era actor William Crane—who played long runs in Chicago’s Hooley Theatre—was known to throw fashionable parties at his home in Cohasset, MA. One time, he brought Chicago bartender Gus Williams back to Massachusetts to create an original libation for one of his soirees. Williams created a punch that was the hit of the fete, and put it on the menu back at home at his place, Williams & Newman, where it became known as Chicago’s most distinctive drink. Read more Inauguration-inspired libations available in the D.C. area in my recent Washington Life article.

Chicago’s Cohasset Punch Recipe courtesy of Bastille, Alexandria, VA 1 ½ oz. Clement VSOP Rhum 1 oz. sweet Vermouth ¼ oz. lemon juice ½ oz. Crème de Peche ½ oz. Grand Marnier ¼ oz. simple syrup 2 dashes orange bitters Orange twist, for garnish

Add all except garnish to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.