C is for Cocktail: Chicago Politics Inspire Original Recipes on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight


A “Crooked Cowboy” cocktail in honor of William “Big Bill” Thompson. Photo Source: WTTW Chicago Tonight


At the end of July 2016, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight blog started posting cocktail recipes—and not just any cocktail recipes. CHICAGO HISTORY cocktail recipes! 😀

What does that mean? Well, it turns out that each post in this Chicago Tonight series pairs a notable Chicago political figure with an original cocktail recipe designed to fit them. So, not only do you get a recipe for an exciting new cocktail, but you get to learn about Chicago history while you make it! What more could you possibly want, right? 😉

So, without further ado…here are the cocktails!

The “Old Shoe” in honor of Governor Adlai Stevenson

The “Pushcart Tony” in honor of Mayor Aton Cermack

The “Crooked Cowboy” in honor of Mayor William “Big Bill” Thompson

The “New Deal, Old School” in honor of Representative/Senator Paul Simon

The “Blood Sport” in honor of Representative Dan Rostenkowski

The “Kentucky Colony” in honor of Mayor Carter Henry Harrison

The “How’s Harold” in honor of Mayor Harold Washington

“The Man on Five” in honor of Mayor Richard M. Daley

“The Hinky Drink” in honor of Alderman Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna

The “Lord of the Levee” in honor of Alderman John “Bathhouse” Coughlin

The “Swing Bridge” in honor of Mayor William B. Ogden

The “Mayor Bossy” in honor of Mayor Jane Byrne

The “Cautionary Tale” in honor of Mayor Michael Bilandic

The “Bridgeport’s Revenge” in honor of Mayor Levi Boone

The “Submachine” in honor of Alderman and Representative William Dawson

The “Null and Void” in honor of Thomas Hoyne, the mayor that never was

Be sure to check out Chicago Tonight’s website for more in this ongoing series.

And while you’re there, be sure to check out the perpetual awesomeness that is “Ask Geoffrey” as well! 🙂




About lupachi1927

My name's Megan, and I'm a writer with an interest in history. While I might not be a real historian, I'm a very thorough researcher. This blog is my place to post about all the interesting historical tidbits I find that can't use in the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Chicago in 1927. If you're looking for research help, writing feedback, or just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line! :)
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1 Response to C is for Cocktail: Chicago Politics Inspire Original Recipes on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

  1. jazzfeathers says:

    WOW!Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m going to go exploring 🙂


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