The holidays are about many things, but one this is for sure…they are a time for celebrating! From holiday parties to family gatherings, both in your home town and on the road, there are certainly a lot of reasons to party, and we are here for it. So for Windy City women, and weary travelers alike, I tested out the Prohibition Porter at The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago, where they bring the celebration right to you. With New Years Eve right around the corner, this is a drink special you’ll definitely want to keep at the top of your list.
We started with one of my favorites, and a true cocktail classic, the French 75. It dates back to World War I Paris and is a simple combination of purely good ingredients: gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. The Gwen experts recommend Nolet’s Gin for their recipe, because it’s not quite bone dry and has more floral notes to it. This helps it bring out the taste of the champagne (which, let’s be honest, is the best part)
The second drink we tested was a Gwen signature drink, the Urban Buzz, made with local Chicago Koval bourbon. They call this one “the bourbon drink for non-bourbon drinkers” and recommend pairing it with fruit flavors, especially peach. For the winter season, they have an Urban Buzz Hot Toddy, complete with locally sourced honey and fresh lemon juice. I, not a bourbon drinker, have to agree that even if you’re more of a fan of bubbly than bourbon…you will love this cocktail.
And if you’re in Chicago for the New Year celebrations, be sure to stop by the hotel! In addition to the bar and other usual amenities, for overnight guests, there is something special. The Gwen has an “Illuminate the New Year” package, which includes:
- Complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival
- One New Year’s Festive package, including party hats and provisions to ease any post-fête pain
- Rise and shine with breakfast in bed
- Complimentary overnight valet parking
- Late checkout to enjoy a few extra hours of sleep