9 of Chicago's most surprising fall cocktails

There are a few reliable ingredients we expect to see on cocktail menus each fall: a preponderance of darker spirits like bourbon and cognac, plus baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. This season, though, Chicago bartenders upped the ante on their new menus and reached for ingredients from the kitchen, including popcorn, marshmallows and pumpkin seeds. Whether sweet or savory, classic riffs or totally original creations, these drinks are the alcoholic equivalent of kicking a pile of crunchy leaves.

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