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Prohibition Menus Come to The Georgian

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May 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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If bartenders these days are to be believed, Prohibition was not the dangerous, skeevy, Mob-controlled booze era that history books and Hollywood movies have shown us. No, no – cocktailing during Prohibition was sexy and elegant, and when a bar today really wants to prove its mixology credentials, it rolls out a special Prohibition cocktail menu. The latest one to do so is The Georgian, Santa Monica’s distinctive Deco hotel and former hangout of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and other Hollywood greats.

The Georgian originally opened in 1933 – just when Prohibition was breathing its last. And to celebrate its 80th anniversary, the hotel just launched a new menu of “Prohibition Cocktails” this week. Upping the ante on retro-cool cuisine, it's also introducing a Prohibition-inspired dinner menu on June 1st -- and we've got the scoop on what we'll be served.

"We wanted to pay homage to the hotel’s past,” explains Juan Viramontes, GM at The Georgian. “We are showcasing the classic drinks and dishes of the 1930s, that were sipped, stirred and supped upon in the hotel’s very own Speakeasy.

Contrary to stereotypes, there’s no moonshine on the cocktail menu. It mostly features the classics: Negroni, Manhattan, Rob Roy and old-school Hollywood tipple the Brown Derby. All made with top-shelf booze; sorry, no bathtub gin here either.

Although guests won’t get to enjoy these cocktails in the Georgian’s super-legit and sexy underground speakeasy unless they’re attending a private event (darn Santa Monica building codes!), the Georgian’s Veranda is one of SaMo’s most scenic little undiscovered gems. Ocean breezes, a cushy chair, and a Paloma = our perfect sunset hour.

On the food side, we know that Grilled Chicken Waldorf Salad with a modern LA twist (i.e. "lite" apple-orange infused mayonnaise dressing instead of the gloopy stuff Gramma used to serve) is one of the entrees. And Fresh Fruit Floating Island, which we have read about before but have never seen, is on the desserts. "Fluffy baked meringues 'floating' in a sea of vanilla Creme Anglaise and topped with blackberry drizzle and fresh berries," so says the description.

Put it on the list of islands we'd like to visit.

One last word to the wise if you're planning to check out the new menus at the Georgian: Reserve a table on the Veranda. The full menu is served out there, and it's much more scenic than the dining room.

[Photos: The Georgian Hotel]

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