2/27/2012 05:57:00 PM

Spring Cocktails: Mercat a la Planxa, In Fine Spirits and Nacional 27

Sage Smash from Mercat a la Planxa
After a surprisingly mild winter, it’s no wonder everyone is already primed for a spring fling. Turns out, there’s no better place to start than with libations. Mercat a la Planxa, whose tasty tipples already had us smitten, hired a new mixologist: Scottsdale transplant Jake Daniken. He’s rolling out a lineup of house-honed sips, crafted from interesting ingredients such as charred pineapple-infused rum, housemade horchata and zesty habanero syrup, the latter lending an edge to the Melo Picante, with Avion Silver tequila, Grand Marnier, watermelon and fresh sour ($13; 312-765-0524). Up in Andersonville at In Fine Spirits, Aperol-based cocktails are getting some play (773-506-9463). And, if you head to Nacional 27 in River North, you’ll find Citrusseeey Punch, a Belvedere grapefruit, tropical fruit, ginger-habenero syrup, orgeat and Mo√ęt slurry ($10, as part of Chicago Restaurant Week; 312-664-2727).

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