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Thompson Hotels X Gastronomista: 5 o’Clock Oasis


We partnered with mixologist Emily Arden Wells of Gastronomista to create cocktails inspired by our locations. Taking cues from Chicago, home to our very own Thompson Chicago, she dreamed up a drink inspired by the prohibition era.

Famously linked with the prohibition-era gangsters such as Al Capone, Chicago is a city that notoriously enjoys a stiff drink.  In the 1920’s it was easier to bring Canadian Rye across the border, often a lower quality spirit that was disguised by adding sugar and bitters into what today is known as an Old Fashioned.  Today, the cocktail scene in Chicago is booming – especially the Tiki cocktail scene thanks to bars such as 3 Dots and a Dash and Lost Lake.  Certainly those cold winters make the locals crave rum concoctions served in skull mugs.

This cocktail is an ode to Chicago of days-gone-by and today’s tiki oasis: a rift on the classic Old Fashioned prepared with rum, sweet vermouth, Amaro, and bitters.  The secret to a good rum old fashioned lies in the rum.  Always pick rums older than 6 years such as Appleton Reserve, a blend of rums between 6 and 20 years old, and Lost Spirits Navy Rum, a cask-strength dark rum made from Grade-A molasses and aged in Oloroso Sherry seasoned American Oak.  Sweet Vermouth from La Quintinye is used to brighten the cocktail, and just a few barspoons of Amaro di Angostura give this cocktail the right amount of bite to take on the coldest of nights.

5 o’Clock Oasis

Created by Emily Arden Wells of Gastronomista

1 oz Appleton Estate  Reserve Rum

1 oz Lost Spirits Navy Rum

1 oz La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge

2 bar spoons Simple Syrup

2 bar spoons Amaro di Angostura

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Orange Twist

Stir with ice, and strain into a chilled lowball glass.  Garnish with an Orange Twist.

Emily Arden Wells is the Editor and Founder of the cocktail and travel blog Gastronomista.  Follow her at @xxGastronomista.