3 kid-friendly mocktails for your next holiday party

As a dad of two, Chef Paul Virant totally gets that kids want to feel part of the grownup celebrations this time of year.

Situated in the heart of Lincoln Park, the restaurant’s famed chef has created a family-friendly brunch and dinner menu at Perennial Virant perfect for capping off a day at Lincoln Park Zoo. To add to the fun of a day or night out, Perennial Virant’s head bartender Wesley Kenney whips up his kid-pleasing mocktails.

He created three seasonal mocktail ideas just for your next holiday get-together so that everyone has a special drink.

Power Through

“Energy drink made from real ingredients”

1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes Fee Brothers non-alcohol bitters

Top with soda water over ice

Pinch of salt

Chef Paul Virant


Cozy Toddy

“Hot toddy for the younger crowd”

1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 ounce Chai tea simple syrup (equal parts sugar and twice strength brewed Chai tea)

1/2 ounce apple cider vinegar

Top with warm apple cider in a footed mug. Garnish with a

cinnamon stick.

The Bay Mule

“Cape Cods for everyone”

1/2 ounce pure cranberry juice

(not cocktail)

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

Top with Gosling’s Ginger Beer over ice

Garnish with sliced cranberry

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