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.