The Lobby Lounge at the JW Marriott Chicago has a new menu of seasonal cocktails inspired by the hotel’s surroundings as well as the flavors of summer.
Among head bartender Damian Ames’ new creations is Hadley’s Hope (US$12), a riff on a classic daiquiri with rum, pineapple syrup and fresh lime juice named after Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, whom he met in Chicago.
The Ceres Ambrosia (US$14) is named after the Roman goddess of agriculture who sits atop the Chicago Board of Trade building. The cocktail is a take on a Negroni with rye, Aperol, orange bitters and sweet vermouth.
The Pina Exposition (US$14) is a nod to the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. It features Don Julio Reposado, agave syrup, Angostura bitters, fresh lime juice and sparkling wine.
The Day Trader (US$12) honors traders at the nearby Board of Trade with fresh peaches infused with Maker’s Mark, maple syrup and grapefruit.
Finally, the Chicago Blues (US$12) commemorates Chicago’s musical traditions with vodka, ginger liqueur, crème de cassis and fresh lemon juice.