Why Cocktails With Pigs?
PIGTAIL: PIG & COCKTAIL is a celebration of Chef José Andrés’ two favorite things: jamón ibérico and balanced, crafted cocktails. Located in the lower level of Jaleo Chicago, the intimate space is the perfect place to start or end your evening with a libation experience you can’t find anywhere else.
Dive into Pigtail’s elevated jamón and Spanish inspired cocktails using the categories as a guide. We also have a list of some of our favorite classics. And don’t forget the bites! Find jamón ibérico used in a wide array of intriguing preparations. Chef José likes to eat with his hands, so follow his lead and have fun!
A Black Footed What?
Jamón Ibérico ham comes from the noble black Ibérico pig. This native pig feasts on acorns, called ‘bellota,’ in the oak forests of Spain. Traditions of curing this pigs meat go back thousands of years when locals dried them in the cool winter air of the Spanish countryside. The ham is then sliced very thinly, ideally by hand or ‘a mano’, leaving a delicate bite that is an orchestra of flavors.
Born in Spain, where he learned the craft of cooking first from his parents and then in the kitchen of Ferran Adrià’s groundbreaking avant-garde restaurant elBulli – José Andrés immigrated to the United States in 1991, first to New York City and later to Washington, D.C., where he and his partners established a group of restaurants that has earned countless fans and won numerous awards over the years.
José holds close both his identity as a Spanish immigrant and an American citizen, placing upon himself the responsibility of both culinary ambassador and immigrant representing the two nations. He is a visionary and a humanitarian, establishing World Central Kitchen in 2010 as a means for feeding the many – using culinary training programs to empower communities and strengthen economies as well as food disaster relief in the wake of emergencies around the globe.
He has been widely recognized for both his culinary and his humanitarian work, including by the James Beard Foundation – which named him Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in 2003, as well as Humanitarian of the Year in 2018; TIME Magazine, which included him on the list of 100 Most Influential People in 2012 and 2018; and President Obama, who awarded José the National Humanities Medal in 2015. José holds two Michelin stars for his avant-garde tasting counter minibar by José Andrés in Washington, D.C., as well as four Bib Gourmands.