Shift-Ease at Lost Lake

Back in March of last year, Lost Lake’s kitchen had a pretty bad electrical fire. The Chicago Fire Department raced to our rescue, contained the blaze, and made sure no one was hurt — but smoke damage had us closed for nearly a month. In the interim, our bar community rallied around the Lost Lake crew, generously hosting us for pop-ups that put cash in our tip-based bartenders’ pockets.

Each pop-up was themed, and one of those themes was “SHIFT-EASE”. The idea was that in order to ease the pain of lost shifts, we’d serve a menu of our favorite “shifties” — the cocktails we make ourselves as we breakdown the bar at the end of a long shift. To make sure it’s an authentic shifty, we pumped in our breakin-down-the-bar soundtrack (hint: it’s Champagne Papi).

Now that we’re looking forward to reconstructing our kitchen and dreaming up big things for 2017, we’re gonna turn SHIFT-EASE into a monthly charitable party. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 9pm-2am, we’ll be serving our favorite shifty cocktails in the name of that month’s good cause.

For the first installment on January 24th, we’re inviting the firefighters that extinguished the blaze, and donating $1 from every Damoiseau daiquiri sold to CFD Engine 106’s charity of choice: Ignite the Spirit. We’ll also be donating $5 of every Corn N’ Oil sold to Chicago nonprofit Embarc in Jacob Johnson’s honor — a bright, young Chicagoan who recently passed.

Damoiseau Daiquiri – Damoiseau Virgin Cane Rhum Agricole, Lime, Sugar ($8)
Classic (shaken and served up)
Party Girl Style (served with crushed ice)
Party Boy Dump ‘em Out (served with ‘dirty’ ice)

Corn N’ Oil – Clement Select Barrel Rhum Agricole, Blackstrap Rum, Falernum, Lime ($10)

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