As the weather (sort of) warms up, we can't help but think about sipping a delicious cocktail outdoors. These local spots have come up with new cocktails for the spring - and we've narrowed it down to some of the best.
Diablo Margarita: If the warmer weather makes you crave some serious heat, then check out the new Diablo Margarita at Market, an upscale West Loop sports bar. You might appreciate a cool breeze or two from their rooftop deck or beer garden when you're sipping on this fiery cocktail, which is made with jalapeno-infused Herradura Blanco tequila for a spicy kick. Fortunately, the drink is doused in homemade cranberry sour, lime juice and soda to ensure you can still feel your taste buds afterwards. 1113 W. Randolph St.; 312-929-4787 The Mark Twain: The Southern has become a popular spot for great seasonal sips, and this spring's drink menu is no exception. This Wicker Park restaurant is serving up creative cocktails like The Mark Twain, which is made from Pig's Nose five-year-old blended scotch, Angostura bitter and simple syrup. The drink, which is purportedly based on a libation that the real Mark Twain once fancied, is topped off with freshly squeezed lemon juice and a flamed lemon zest, which adds to its subtly smoky taste. 1840 W. North Ave.; 773-342-1840 Bitter Bourbon Buck: Longman & Eagle has perked up its drink menu by introducing some new spring cocktails. Among them is the Bitter Bourbon Buck, which is made with Benchmark bourbon, Fernet Brance, lime juice and gommes syrup. The ingredients are shaken together and then topped off with ginger beer, adding a slightly citrusy flavor to the mix. If you have a few too many, that's no problem - just ask if one of this bar/inn's upstairs rooms are available for the night. 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.; 773-276-7110 Points East Punch: With a speakeasy feel, elegant décor and a long list of specialty drinks, The Violet Hour has established itself as one of the top drinking destinations in the city. In addition to their carefully crafted cocktails, they also serve up sizable punch bowls meant to serve groups of three to four people. This spring, their new Points East Punch, made with Maison Surrenne cognac, rum, Riesling, green tea, lemon and peach bitters is sure to be a hit thanks to its zesty, light flavors. 1520 N. Damen Ave.; 773-252-1500