Julian Cox Makes 'Michigan Avenue' an Exclusive Cocktail at RPM Steak & RPM Italian

Julian Cox Makes 'Michigan Avenue' an Exclusive Cocktail at RPM Steak & RPM Italian

Michigan Avenue |
Oct 7, 2016

Rock star mixologist and LA transplant Julian Cox is shaking things up for Lettuce Entertain You.

Julian-Cox.jpg

A blend of seasonal flavors like apple, pear, and cinnamon, the Autumn Sour is Julian Cox’s original creation—and the ultimate cocktail for fall.

He’s earned multiple James Beard Award nominations plus accolades like “Best Bartender in LA” and “King of LA’s Craft Cocktail Movement,” but Julian Cox isn’t resting on his West Coast laurels. Instead, he is reinventing himself one tipple at a time through an industry-shaking move right here to the Windy City. “There was a part of me that really wanted to learn again,” says Cox, 35, who returned to his native Midwest earlier this year. “For me as a competitive spirit, and someone who enjoys being an underdog, what better thing to do than come to a place where nobody knows me and try to do great work, but also learn from a master [in Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman]?”

The mixologist kicked off his Chicago stint at Italian spot Il Porcellino and tiki mecca Three Dots and a Dash, where he upgraded the cocktails in his signature culinary style. Now Lettuce’s beverage director, Cox oversees numerous concepts, but found time to concoct the ultimate fall drink for Michigan Avenue—The Autumn Sour—which you can sip yourself at RPM Steak and RPM Italian until the end of November. A seasonal twist on an old-school whiskey sour, the cocktail stars fall flavors of apple, pear, and cinnamon, all given Cox’s special touch. “It’s simple and delicious,” he sums up. “Sometimes a simpler drink just tastes better.”

Here, Cox shares the recipe for his delectable drink creation.

THE AUTUMN SOUR

Ingredients
1 oz. Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
1 oz. pear-infused rye whiskey (see recipe below)
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. cinnamon syrup (see recipe below)
1 tsp. pear eau de vie
1 egg white
Ice
1 slice dehydrated or fresh pear, for garnish
Freshly grated cinnamon, for garnish

Method
1. In a shaking tin, combine the brandy, whiskey, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, eau de vie and egg white; shake to just incorporate. Add in ice and shake until the outside of the tin is freezing cold.
2. Strain drink into a sour glass. Garnish the cocktail with a slice of dehydrated or fresh pear and freshly grated cinnamon.

PEAR-INFUSED RYE WHISKEY

Ingredients
6 ripe pears, such as d’Anjou
1 750-ml bottle good-quality rye whiskey

Method
1. Core and slice the pears. Add to a large airtight glass container; pour in the rye whiskey.
2. Seal the container and let sit at room temperature for at least 4 days or until the whiskey begins to take on the flavor of pears.
3. Strain out the pear pieces; discard.

CINNAMON SYRUP

Ingredients
500 grams water
500 grams refined white sugar
50 g cassia (Chinese) cinnamon

Method
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the ingredients and bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
2. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn off heat and let sit until cool, at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
3. Strain the cinnamon syrup into a glass container. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.

Media Contact

Emily Clark pr@leye.com 773-907-7347

You May Also Like...

In The Restaurants
Where to Eat Lunch
Feb 15, 2018

For that one hour escape from your office, you want to make sure to make most of your lunch hour.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce in Love: Weddings with Lettuce Parties
Feb 13, 2018

It's almost Valentine's Day and love is in the air. Believe it or not it's a tale as old as time (or…

read more >
In The Restaurants
A Few of Our Favorite Pizzas for National Pizza Day
Feb 9, 2018

There's a food holiday out there for everything but today (February 9) is National Pizza Day and we…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to go on Valentine’s Day 2018
Feb 4, 2018

Have you made your Valentine's Day plans yet? It's right around the corner and there's lots of…

read more >
In The Restaurants
EXTENDED: Chicago Restaurant Week 2018
Jan 25, 2018

Been dying to try one of our spots but were waiting for a sign? Well, Chicago Restaurant Week has…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Set Sail, Drink Wine and Celebrate
Jan 16, 2018

Do you like cruising and wine? Well, come aboard! Join Burt Wolf from PBS and Lettuce Entertain You…

read more >
How To
The Perfect Party Appetizers
Dec 12, 2017

A well-crafted appetizer is the perfect way to make sure your guests won't go hungry so you can…

read more >
How To
How To: Make Thanksgiving Dinner Like a Chef
Nov 15, 2017

In charge of preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year or simply looking for recipe inspiration? Our…

read more >
How To
A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Thanksgiving Wines
Nov 7, 2017

Fact: wine stores are intimidating. More truth: we're here to help! We've tapped the minds of our…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants
Oct 24, 2017

Finding gluten-free friendly restaurants has gotten a lot easier than it used to be. At Lettuce…

read more >
How To
It’s Apple Season: Where To Get Them and Where To Eat Them
Oct 19, 2017

Yeah, yeah, pumpkin this and pumpkin that, but let us not forget about our other favorite fall…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Fall Foliage: Five Ways to Enjoy the Season
Aug 31, 2017

Days are getting chillier and the leaves are starting to turn. Fall is on the horizon, and there’s…

read more >
In The Restaurants
The Best Time of the Year: Patio Season
Aug 1, 2017

Warm weather is here, which means al fresco dining is too! We've rounded up the best patio spots at…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour
Aug 1, 2017

It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Here are all the happy hour deals at select Lettuce Entertain You…

read more >
How To
All the Ways to Rosé this Summer
Jul 21, 2017

Let’s face it, rosé is welcome all day, every day. We’re here to help you navigate your way…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where (and How) to Eat Artichokes This Season
Apr 14, 2017

The glorious, fleeting, and quintessential vegetables that easily evoke the feeling of spring are…

read more >
How To
How to: Eat Clean
Mar 21, 2017

Let’s be honest, the vegan, paleo, gluten-free talk can get a little, well, intimidating. What…

read more >
In The Restaurants
The Art of Aperitivo
Sep 15, 2016

Aperitivo is popping up more and more, and for good reason. What is it you ask? It's not only a…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce Date Night
Aug 15, 2016

 

read more >
Openings
RPM Italian is Coming to D.C. and It’s All About the Pasta
Jun 14, 2016

The modern Italian restaurant from restaurateurs R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, chef/ partner Doug…

read more >

Recent Posts

In The Restaurants
New Additions to the Windy City Smokeout 2018 Lineup are Here!
Feb 20, 2018

Announcing three new acts to the Windy City Smokeout music lineup! Midland returns, performing on…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Now Serving: Naoki’s Fried Chicken
Feb 19, 2018

When the winter starts to get the best of you, fried chicken is always the answer. Bonus points if…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Presidents Day 2018
Feb 16, 2018

Enjoy your long weekend on Presidents Day (Monday, February 19) by staying up late, sleeping in and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Trending Now: Emochi at Sushi-san
Feb 15, 2018

Sushi-san is now open in Chicago's River North and if you've checked Instagram lately you may be…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to Eat Lunch
Feb 15, 2018

For that one hour escape from your office, you want to make sure to make most of your lunch hour.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce in Love: Weddings with Lettuce Parties
Feb 13, 2018

It's almost Valentine's Day and love is in the air. Believe it or not it's a tale as old as time (or…

read more >
In The Restaurants
5 New Dishes to Try with Your $25 Holiday Bonus
Feb 12, 2018

If you received a $25 Holiday Bonus during the Lettuce Entertain You Gift Card Promotion, pick a…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your New Happy Hour Destination: M Street Kitchen
Feb 10, 2018

Calling all of our friends in Cali! Do you like happy hour deals just blocks from the beach? Well,…

read more >
In The Restaurants
A Few of Our Favorite Pizzas for National Pizza Day
Feb 9, 2018

There's a food holiday out there for everything but today (February 9) is National Pizza Day and we…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to go on Valentine’s Day 2018
Feb 4, 2018

Have you made your Valentine's Day plans yet? It's right around the corner and there's lots of…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Mardi Gras 2018: Let the good times roll!
Feb 4, 2018

It's that time of the year again to don your favorite feathered mask and live it up like you're in…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Valentine’s Day Dishes Designed for Two
Feb 1, 2018

February 14 marks a day when it's appropriate, if not preferred, to share your food "Lady and the…

read more >
Lettuce Consulting Group

Grow Your Business

Learn More
Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

Search Jobs
Latest Articles

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now

Lettuce on Instagram

Checkout our feed @lettuceentertainyou!