Post-pasta limoncello sippers at Iozzo’s Garden of Italy (946 S. Meridian St., 317-974-1100), which makes the sweet, slightly chilled liqueur in house.
The spicy but smooth Aperol Margarita at Sangiovese Ristorante (2727 E. 86th St., 317-757-5913). Chili salt on the rim and habanero frozen in the ice cube bring the heat while hints of honey mellow the flavors.
The French Kynection at Spoke & Steele (123 Illinois St., 317-737-1616), a stress-melting combination of locally distilled West Fork Colonel bourbon and thyme-infused agave sweetened with mild, herbal yellow Chartreuse and a candied lemon slice.
Plat 99 (333 S. Delaware St., 317-624-8200) offers its Signature Old-Fashioned made with a private selection of Russell’s Reserve 10-year-old bourbon, housemade demerara syrup, and Plat 99 house orange bitters.