Right up there with ice cream and daiquiris, rosé is a summer essential that dominates seasonal cravings. With its crisp, fruity notes and quenching capabilities, not to mention its proclivity for pairing seamlessly with everything from oysters to burgers, the rosy-hued wine hits all the right buttons when it comes to warm-weather sipping. From lavish rosé bars to extensive new menus, here are eight unique ways to drink pink all summer long in Chicago.
Rosé bar at Mon Ami Gabi
There’s a new six-seat rosé bar on the patio at this Lincoln Park French charmer, and it looks like the ultimate summer nook. The weekend-only hideaway, open Friday through Sunday, offers a special menu of rosés that run the gamut from sweet to dry, along with cocktails like the Vieux Mod, made with bourbon, creme de cassi, lemon and bitters. In addition, chef Michael Battocletti has implemented a bistro menu starting at 3 PM, featuring rosé-friendly snacks like truffle frites and smoked salmon rillettes.
Rosé cocktail at Beatrix Fulton Market
From bottles of offbeat varietals to cocktails, there’s plenty of rosé to get excited about at Beatrix in Fulton Market. Since the restaurant debuted just in time for summer, beverage director Julian Cox and wine director Ryan Arnold came equipped with drinks like the Rosé All Day, a quenching cocktail featuring gin, pisco, rosé syrup, grapefruit and lime. For straight-up wine, Arnold outfitted the drink list with uncommon options like California’s Upwell rosé and Domaine Triennes rosé from France.