This past fall the Mob Bar, a Prohibition-style speakeasy, relocated to the Downtown Grand across from the Mob Museum. They’ve taken their repositioning seriously, throwing lively Roaring Twenties-themed parties and hosting events with former mobsters, such as Chicago’s Frank Calabrese Jr. Bartender Tara Fillipino says, “A lot of our customers come here after visiting the Mob Museum. They have a cocktail and digest all the information they just witnessed.”
And what are they drinking while doing all that digesting? Surprisingly, the bar’s best seller isn’t a Manhattan but a delightfully girly libation called the Madison Avenue ($9). Absolut Apeach Vodka shines through with ripe, velvety peach flavor, while Cointreau adds a bit of contrasting bitter orange, and the cinnamon-sugar rim has just the right amount of sweetness to make the medicine go down.
1 ½ oz. Absolut Apeach Vodka
¾ oz. Cointreau
½ oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup
cinnamon, sugar (rim)
Method: Rim martini glass with cinnamon and sugar. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass.