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Thompson Hotels X Gastronomista: 5 o’Clock Oasis

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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.

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