Sips of Summer at Terzo Piano (photo by Joseph Storch)
The official beginning of Summer is still a few weeks away, but the recent spate of warm days leaves me no choice: let this be open season on colorful, refreshing non-alcoholic drinks. These are glasses filled with promise; only freshly-muddled mint, bright squeezes of lime juice, homemade simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) and NO high fructose corn syrup. While Argo Tea just launched an entire line of summer tea drinks filled with seasonal fruit, fresh agave nectar and lively citrus, Terzo Piano in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute offers the chance of not only killer views of Millennium Park, but a quartet of seasonally-inspired non-alcoholic libations. Grapefruit-lime, pineapple-sage and pomegranate-thyme all offer their own clean-tasting effervescence, and best of all, you can throw back as many as you'd like and not need a designated driver. If you want to see how they make some of these terrific drinks, watch the video here after 10:30 p.m. tonight.