Slideshow: First Look: Mixing with Maotai at Lao 18 in Chicago

The Prosperous Life ($25)
The Prosperous Life ($25)
Buffalo Trace bourbon, muddled blackberries and crushed black and Szechuan peppercorns, poured over crushed ice and topped with a float of Maotai. The ice is manually crushed in a canvas bag in front of the diner. "A great way for the bartender to relieve stress," according to Lee. There's another version of the drink, preferred by owner Tony Hu, which is served up with a chili-sugar rim.
Melody of The Yangtze ($12)
Melody of The Yangtze ($12)
This drink, a take on a mojito, combines a locally-made Jasmine liqueur from Koval Distillery with rum, mint and passion fruit juice.
The dining room at Lao 18
The dining room at Lao 18
The interior of the dining room is filled with little nooks and crannies, set apart by carved wall screens.
The bar at Lao 18
The bar at Lao 18
The back bar is hidden behind those panels.