Carnivale martini: Walking into Carnivale, a Nuevo Latino fusion restaurant, bar, music and dance hall on the Near West Side, is like finding a portal to the Caribbean via Chicago.
Guests are ushered into a tropical paradise, starting with the swanky cocktail lounge and leading to a gorgeous interior space for large dinner parties. While the festive cultural experience of Carnivale lends itself to mojitos and margaritas, the restaurant's signature martini goes just as well with ceviche and short ribs.
In keeping with the venue's colorful and whimsical ambience, the Carnivale martini is an eye-catching concoction of Espolon Reposado tequila, Cointreau, pomegranate juice and fresh lime juice. This $10.95 specialty cocktail is a treat for the taste buds, with the tart finish and sweet, sensual kick to make dancing the night away as enchanting as a summer breeze. 702 W. Fulton Market, 312-850-5005, carnivalechicago.com
— Leah Pickett, Special to the Tribune