Named one of Food & Wine’s most influential bartenders in 2014, Julian Cox has certainly made his mark on Los Angeles. As Restaurant Editor Kate Krader wrote, Cox “made L.A.—a city known for Red Bull and vodka—care about craft cocktails.” At Rivera, he mixed up smoky mezcal drinks, at Picca he created the perfect avocado daiquiri, at Playa he made sherry cool and at Sotto, Cox managed to somehow use tequila in an Italian aperitif. Now, Cox is proving his mettle in Chicago.
The Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises restaurant group recently announced that Cox would be the LEYE Beverage Director and oversee the bar program at one of the country’s top tiki bars, Three Dots and a Dash. Cox’s new cocktail menu will debut at Three Dots in May, and the bar will mark the moment with a Tiki Luau on May 1 (tickets and details available soon on threedotschicago.com). Though Cox is keeping mum on menu specifics, he did have this to say: “I am looking to sustain the rich history of Three Dots and a Dash while focusing on new culinary techniques and spirits and also keeping an emphasis on fresh seasonal ingredients.”
Cox also gave us a recipe for one of his fantastic, tried-and-true tiki drinks, the Polynesian Pearl Diver. Learn how to make the Scotch-based tropical cocktail below.