‘Tis the season for fall cocktails, am I right? I recently partnered up with Vie to share two Seasonal Cocktails by Julius White.

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Creativity and Science Merge

Working on this shoot was an incredibly eye opening experience for me. How often do you take the time to appreciate how your cocktail came together? Julius has the innate ability to merge creativity and science. From the vintage glassware to exact measurements and temperatures, there was a formula for each recipe.

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Recipe 1: The Fennel Countdown

The first cocktail Julius crafted was The Fennel Countdown, which he describes as a savory gin sour. The recipe involves using one egg white and I watched him remove it from the shell without breaking the shell in half. He managed to do it with one hand too.

The fennel is smoked for 90 minutes before expertly mixing it with celery gin and bitters to tie everything together. It tastes like a deliciously smokey, perfect-for-fall drink.

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Recipe 2: Bourbon’s Fall

The second cocktail he made was the Bourbon’s Fall, which he had just developed a few days prior to our shoot together. It had a smokey aroma to accompany the subtle fall flavors of all spice and orange.

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My favorite part, aside from tasting it, was how he captured cherrywood smoke in the glass before pouring the cocktail. I was mesmerized as I watched the smoke rise from the glass as he poured this incredible autumn treat. Julius doesn’t just create a delicious drink, he shows you a true cocktail experience. This is why Mike and I always sit at the bar when we eat at Vie.

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Cocktail Classes

If you’re interested in crafting your own cocktails, and want to learn from an expert, Julius hosts private cocktail classes. You can get more information on that here.

Custom Cocktail for a Party

Or, if you’d like to let the expert take care of you and your guests, Julius can develop and name a custom cocktail for you. Pretty cool, right? You can read more about that here.

Vie by Chef Paul Virant

Vie is one of Chef Paul Virant’s restaurants and is located in Western Springs, IL. If you’re visiting or living in the Chicagoland area, it’s right off the Metra stop. The menu is constantly changing with seasonal-inspired ingredients. Maybe I’ll see you there!

You should also check out my Spicy Green Bloody Mary and my Pineapple Sake Sangria with Jalapeño.



For The Fennel Countdown:

  • 2 ounces Rutte Celery Dry Gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon
  • .75 ounce Smoked Fennel Syrup
  • .5 ounce North Shore Aquavit
  • 1 egg white
  • 8 drops Celery Bitters

For Bourbon's Fall:

  • 1.5 ounces Eagle Rare Bourbon
  • 1 ounce Averna Amaro
  • .5 ounce Bitter Truth All Spice Dram
  • .5 ounce Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto
  • 2 scoops The Bruery Or Xata "Vie Beer Jam"
  • 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Cherrywood smoke


For The Fennel Countdown:

  1. Add all contents to a shaker.
  2. Dry shake to agitate the egg white.
  3. Add ice and shake again to chill.
  4. Double strain into a large vintage coupe.
  5. Garnish with fennel frond, cracked black pepper and angostura design.

For Bourbon's Fall:

  1. Add contents to a shaker and shake aggressively to incorporate beer jam with the other ingredients.
  2. Strain into a decanter of your choice.
  3. Start your fire of cherrywood smoke.
  4. Blow out the flames and capture the smoke with an upside down rock glass.
  5. Seal with a coaster that has a perfect ice cube cut resting on top of it.
  6. Flip the glass and slowly pour the contents of the drink from the decanter over the ice as the smoke flows out from the glass.
  7. Top with freshly grated nutmeg and an orange peel twist.

All images ©Regan Baroni 2017.


Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Julius White from Vie. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you to my readers for supporting the brands and restaurants that keep me cooking, styling and shooting.


  1. mike says:

    I am looking forward to whipping these cocktails up for us all fall long! They look incredible! Thank you for sharing this!

    • bomie says:

      Can I join you? 🙂

      • Regan says:

        Yes, always, Bomie! The more the merrier!

    • Regan says:

      Yes!!! Delicious!

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