Pick your Poison: Candidate-themed drinks

February 17, 2011 9:24:49 AM PST
Want to order a ''Sticker Shock'' to honor the city clerk-turned-mayoral candidate, or a ''Rahm and Coke'' for the frontrunner?

Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St., has four new drinks, each named for one of the major mayor contenders. The Southwest Side bar is holding its own "election" and tallying up which mayoral drink patrons order the most.

"Each signature cocktail has been carefully concocted by Maria's expert mixologists and political insiders to reflect the essence of the individual candidates; their manner, background, temperament and qualifications," according to the bar's website.

Cocktails are each $7, and the contest runs through Feb. 21, the day before the election.

"Using Chicago's long history of loose voting ethics and manipulation as a template for it's [sic] own election contest, Maria's will allow no restrictions on how many times or for how many candidates you cast your drink/vote," according to the website.

The four candidate drinks are:

"Rahm and Coke" (Rahm Emanuel): Kilo Kai Spiced Rum and Coca-Cola.

"The Ambassador" (Carol Mosley Braun): Ambassador Organics Infused Absolut Vodka, Creme Soda Filberts and lemon peel.

"Chico and Da Mayor" (Gery Chico): A shot of Jim Beam bourbon and a beer model.

"The Sticker Shock" (Miguel del Valle), "Red Rum, cranberry juice, lemon juice and lemon peel.

Visit Maria's website, community-bar.com, for more information on how each drink was designed.