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From Havana. With Rum. For You.

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A promontory overlooking the Havana Harbor, circa the 1930s.

A svelte little lobby bar in Chicago called Sparrow, circa last week.

Those two places are very far from being the same place.

And yet... here’s the Hotel Nacional, a flavorful libation flung across time and space to bind them together in rum-drinking revelry.

The drink—so named for the Cuban Prohibition-era refuge that bore it—has several variations, though Sparrow’s adheres closely to the original. The result: a not-too-tart, not-too-sweet cocktail with enough pineapple (and booze) to make you forget, if only momentarily, about that whole winter thing...

Sh*t.

We remembered that whole winter thing.

Hotel Nacional

1 1/2 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggins’ Fancy
1/4 oz Flor de Caña white rum
1/2 oz apricot liqueur
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz pineapple gum syrup
1/2 oz pineapple juice

Shake with ice and strain into a footed rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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