Two Drinks to Please Cocktail Snobs at the Public Chicago
Maybe it's the turn to cold weather or maybe it's just the pressure of the upcoming holiday season, but we've been bellying up to more hotel bars than normal lately, and consequently becoming far snobbier about the cocktails we're ordering. What to do after you're already over the usuals? Well, ask the bartender what's good, of course.
This last weekend, pre-Pump Room dinner with friends at the Public Chicago, we did just that and the bartender immediately recommended the "Pump and Circumstance," which had until recently also been their most popular drink, before the basic Cosmopolitan regained the top spot. The Pump and Circumstance, he clarified, is concocted with gin, lemon, egg and a special syrup they make in-house, using lavender and Earl Grey tea. Done and done.
Curious to hear more, we let the bartender continue to explain that Public actually does several drinks utilizing ingredients they carefully make themselves. His next suggestion? The "Old English Gentleman," whose base is scotch, lemon sour, vermouth and egg, boasting a syrup infused with cigar tobacco. So much does the tobacco smokiness and flavor come through, that the bartender says guests have sworn they could feel a little of the buzz that one gets from smoking. All the fun, none of the lung damage or yucky smoke!
Needless to say, with special ingredients such as these and in an environment like Public's Library Bar, the cocktails don't come cheap. They cost us $12 each. Okay, well that's cheaper than they'd be in New York. The perks of drinking in Chicago!