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Ranking the Cubs' 'Ten Timeless Toddies' cocktail menu

  • Workers clean up the Wrigley sign at Addison Street and Waveland Avenue. Wrigley Field in Chicago is under preparations to celebrate its 100-year anniversary. March 31, 2014. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune)
Workers clean up the Wrigley sign at Addison Street and Waveland Avenue.…
March 31, 2014|By Mick Swasko, @swasko and Kate Bernot, @kbernot | RedEye

It’s an ode to a century of boozing at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs announced today they will release ten new "toddies" over the course of the season this year, a nod to each decade the North Side ballpark has endured in Wrigleyville. The cocktails are the brainchild of Wrigley executive chef David Burns, who will reveal the recipes online as they are introduced throughout the season at the park.

We can’t judge a cocktail by its cover (or at least the written descriptions we were given), but RedEye nightlife reporter Kate Bernot usually can. We haven’t tried them, but Bernot and RedEye reporter Mick Swasko took the liberty of ranking the limited-edition libations from what we’d be most likely to sip to least likely to try.

1. 1920s Upper Deck Gin Rickey: A Gilded Age cocktail made with Tanqueray gin, lime juice and club soda, garnished with basil.

-- This is OK! I'm already a gin enthusiast, and Tanqueray is a decent brand. -- Kate Bernot

-- Not even I could mess this up, and I just completely undercooked plain rotini on Sunday. -- Mick Swasko

2. 1960s Alabama Ironman: This modern twist on the Whiskey Sour pays homage to Billy Williams, made with peach puree, lemon and lime juice.

-- This is fine. It's a straight-up nod to a standard whiskey sour. If they squeeze these juices fresh, it should be tasty. -- KB

-- Don’t know why we're putting a "modern twist" on cocktails that are supposed to represent a particular era, but this seems completely non-offensive. -- MS

3. 1930s Called Shot: A Manhattan made with fans’ choice of whiskey - Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Rye, Crown Royal or Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

-- Also not horrific! -- KB

-- Including four whiskey choices is admirable, and drinking a Manhattan at Wrigley actually sounds awesome. Bushmills wouldn't ever by my first choice for a Manhattan, but hey, not complaining. -- MS

4.1990s Home Run Hop: A Dominican-inspired cocktail made with island flavors including Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Meyer's Silver Rum, pineapple juice and coconut water.

-- All right. Coconut water is hydrating. And you get not one but TWO rums. -- KB

-- Starting to kind of lose me here, but it would be easy to opt for beer instead when this is on the menu. Pineapple and coconut are pretty lame "island flavors," you guys. -- MS

5. 2000s Playoff Punch: A Cosmopolitan-inspired punch made with Smirnoff Orange Vodka, Monin Tiki Blend, cranberry and lime juice.

-- Always beware the punch. Sugar = hangovers. Also, what is Tiki Blend? Paging Paul McGee. -- KB

-- I would rather drink water than drink this in the bleachers. OK, that's not true, but I don't know what "Monin Tiki Blend" is and I don’t want to find out, especially in said bleachers. -- MS

6. 1980s Electric Ryno Margarita: A blue margarita featuring Don Julio Tequila, Blue Curacao, lime juice and agave nectar, served with a light-up straw.

-- Props on the light-up straw. -- KB

-- I second the huge thumbs-up to a blinky straw. -- MS

7. 1940s Day Game: A variation on a Hurricane, made with Captain Morgan, Meyers Dark Rum and Finest Call Hurricane Mix.

-- Kill it! Kill it dead! -- KB

-- Agreed. We're going downhill very fast now. The recipe is basically "rum," "different rum" and "mix." I’ll just have a Goose Island or something. -- MS

8. 1950's Mr. Cub Cocktail #14: In honor of Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, this Cubbie Blue cocktail features Smirnoff Vodka, Blue Curacao and lemonade, served with a slice of lemon and a cherry.

-- Blue things always taste like a Slurpee. -- KB

-- Whoa. We differ on this one. What's wrong with a Slurpee? That said, I don't think Ernie Banks would ever drink this. -- MS

9. 1910s Weeghman Park Old Fashioned: Bulleit Rye and Finest Call Old Fashioned Mix, served with an orange slice and cherry.

-- I underlined "Finest Call Old Fashioned Mix" on my printout of this. My only note was "WTF?" -- KB

-- Bulleit Rye is a respectable bourbon, so I agree with Kate. It has no business touching a mix that is not ice, sugar and a twist. -- MS

10. 1970s Cooperstown Iced Tea: A variation on a Long Island Iced Tea, which surged to popularity during the '70s, this cocktail features Captain Morgan’s Ready-to-Drink Long Island Iced Tea Mix.

-- You gon' get drunk. -- KB

-- What Kate said. Encouraging drunk and disorderlies in the bleachers aside, I don't mind the idea of a Long Island being served. But a mix straight out the bottle? You can do better. -- MS

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