We've already revealed the top things to do in Pilsen, Chicago historic neighborhood with authentic Mexican cuisine, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that we've also rounded up some of our favorite Latin libations. And while we love a great Margarita, there are many, many more boozy Mexican beverages to imbibe. Here are our picks of some of the very best around town.
El Castillo at Frontera Grill
For a few decades now, the beer-focused Michelada cocktail has been especially popular in the Northern areas of Mexico. Rick Bayless' outstanding Frontera Grill puts a creative spin on it with El Castillo, made with a strong Mexican beer, roasted pineapple, achiote, lime and an orange slice.
Latin Manhattan at Masa Azul
Logan Square fave, Masa Azul , is known for cranking out unique and potent Mexican cocktails, so if you're ever in the area, make certain to put the Latin Manhattan at the top of your list. It's a concoction of reposado tequila, amaro and bitters--all enhanced by a HUM-infused cherry.
Oaxacan Old Fashioned at Green Street Smoked Meats
There's more to Green Street Smoked Meats than smoked chicken legs, brisket and pulled pork. Its global cocktail menu ranges from the New Orleans-inspired La Louisiane to the Russian-influenced Chartreuse Mule. But it's the Oaxacan Old Fashioned that got our attention and worked the best with the deep, smoky nuances of the meats. It's made with mezcal, tequila, angostura and orange bitters.
Paloma at Bar Takito
Bar Takito's Paloma is created in the traditional preparation with premium white tequila, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a lime. What sets it apart from what you'll find around town is its stunning presentation, as shown here.
Rosé Sangria at Broken English Taco Pub
The Lincoln Park outpost for Broken English Taco Pub has a sure-fire hit on its hands with rosé sangria. It's a modern take on the seasonal sipper with the popular pink wine, and it's available by glass or pitcher. On especially warm days, diners may chill out on the spacious patio with pitchers of frosé--frozen sangria, of course.