Espresso martini: Mixing caffeine with alcohol can be a tricky exercise, as many a vodka Red Bull drinker can attest. Luckily, the mixologists at M Lounge — a classy, candlelit sanctuary on the Near South Side — have perfected the art of buzz meets booze with a delightfully decadent espresso martini.
While the bar offers a long list of specialty drinks, from Bellini martinis to Lemon Drops to mocktails with names like I'll Fake Manhattan, the espresso martini has that extra something special: a heady shot of espresso mingled with vanilla vodka, Godiva dark and Godiva white liqueurs, and Baileys Irish Cream.
This $12 indulgence is strong enough for cocktail hour, but also rich and relaxing enough to unwind the entire body in tandem with M Lounge's live jazz music and intimate milieu. 1520 S. Wabash Ave., 312-447-0201, mloungechicago.com
— Leah Pickett, Special to the Tribune