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Hotel Cocktails Eclipse The Pillow Mint

October 27, 2008 at 2:14 PM | by | ()

We’ve started noticing that every hotel we visit these days immediately thrusts a free beverage into our hands… not that we’re complaining. The “complimentary cocktail” is quickly becoming ubiquitous. To keep up, Loews Hotels has devised a signature drink for every one of its hotels. Awhile back, an industry trade magazine got the details on some of these elixirs.

In L.A., the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel mixes up the Raspberry Mojito with 10 Cane Rum, mint leaves, brown sugar, lime juice, a top-off of Sprite, and a float of Chambord Liqueur Royale. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson features the Ventana Stargazer, made with Grey Goose L’Orange vodka, Grand Marnier, freshly squeezed orange juice, and Desert Pear, a Monin syrup. Caribbean Sunshine is Loews Miami Beach Hotel’s choice cocktail, with Bacardi Coco Rum, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, and orange and cranberry juices. Loews Philadelphia offers the Philly Gin Blitz, made with Beefeater Gin, Midori Melon Liqueur, DeKuyper Pucker Watermelon, and pineapple juice.

Man, could we use a drink. Complimentary, preferably.

Archived Comments:

Not allowed in Arizona...

Interesting to see that a hotel in Tucson is offering free cocktails... this is strictly forbidden by Arizona law.   No cover charges can include free drinks either - ie comedy clubs.  No alcohol can be brought into licensed premises - including hotels with licenses covering the property or hotels with in-room minibars.  Any violation of these laws is a criminal offense.  There's one work-around, a manager's hosted hour can be held - as long as the person listed as the manager on the liquor license is present.


Hello from Loews Hotels.  We do offer a wonderful selection of signature cocktails available at all our hotels that represent each destination where we have properties.  However, these are not gratis.  We do offer complimentary lobby beverages (non-alcoholic) from 3 pm - 6 pm in all our hotels. These are also seasonal and reflect the location of the hotel, for example, we are serving warm apple cider at Loews Regency in New York.  

We look forward to welcoming you!

Excellent idea

While serving free alcohol is also illegal in BC, Canada, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages is a great idea.

The drinks, maybe together with a cold/hot towel, is most appreciated by waiting guests at hotel lobbies.  Quite commonly practiced in Asia, including at a few Ritz Carlton properties.