Designer Cocktail: The Sullivan

Bar director Justin Campbell of Chicago's new Found hotel creates a drink inspired by a Louis Sullivan building.

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Collage by Jennifer Donnelly

The city of Chicago holds a special place in the history of architecture. Living here we often forget that we are surrounded by iconic buildings that inspired the stylistic and technological advances of the modern skyscraper. All you need to do to be reminded of the architectural beauty of this city is look up. Down on street level, below the Windy City’s remarkable skyline you’ll find the attractions like The Sullivan Center, formerly known as the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building with its formidable black steel structure and façade. The building’s striking ornamental northwest entrance is one of the classic structures of what is known as the Chicago School of architecture, a style which accelerated after the Great Fire of 1871.

The newly opened , housed in the Olympia building in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, was also a product of the Chicago school. As the bar manager for Mason and Blind Dragon, Found's two new food and beverage establishments, I wanted to create a specialty cocktail inspired by The Sullivan Center. This delicious drink connects our newly-reimagined hotel to what I consider one of the most important architectural landmarks in the city.

The Sullivan
1 1/2 oz. Avion Silver tequila
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. Averna
1 oz. cold brew coffee
1 oz. egg white
1 dash mole bitters
Dry shake, then shake and serve up in a coupe glass; garnish with coffee beans.

Campbell is the bar manager for Blind Dragon and Mason at Found Hotel Chicago.

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