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Who Needs a Bartender When You Can Have This at The James Chicago?

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April 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever wish you could crack open one of those beautiful in-room bottles of bourbon or gin and concoct a fancy cocktail right in your own room? We can’t tell you how many times we wish we could, especially as hotel rooms keep getting swankier and harder to leave.

Sadly, enjoying your own fancy cocktail in the comfort of your own fancy room has typically meant some kind of trip out of the cozy environs, whether to the drug store or the hotel gift shop for the bare minimums. Who wants to do that? Desperation may drive you to the ridiculously overpriced mini-bar for a sad pour of vodka and seven, but that never compares to the more beautiful elixirs available in the lobby or bar.

If you’re not one to settle for mediocre cocktailing but pine for more hotel room downtime, you’re gonna love The James Chicago’s new In-Room Cocktail Experience.

Make one phone call to room service and you'll get all the fresh and perfectly measured accoutrements you need to mix five – that’s right, FIVE -- sweet cocktails. You’ll still need to purchase the necessary liquor from the pantry, but for $28 more, you’ll get a bucket of ice, a shaker and strainer, fresh-cut citrus fruits like limes and oranges, the “American Bar” cocktail book with over 200 recipes, and perfectly proportioned mixers like simple syrup, bitters and Lillet Blanc.

You won’t need to thumb through the book unless you want to as the five in-room cocktail recipes are already printed on a pint glass that comes standard in all rooms. Mix up a Corpse Reviver 2 (Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, Lemon), an Old Havana (Rum, Simple Syrup, Lime, Bitters) or a Blood & Sand (Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Sweet Vermouth, Orange) for starters. Chill and soak in the relaxed modern comfort of a James hotel room and all its dark wood, interesting artifacts and awesome lighting.

Five fancy drinks later, you could be feeling really fine at The James Chicago.

Room rates at the James Chicago start around $369 a night.

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