It's 5 o' Clock at a Langham Hotel Somewhere With These New Specialty Drinks
Meet Alex Kratena, the award-winning bartender at the Artesian bar at The Langham London. Some of his accolades include winner of “The World’s Best Cocktail Menu” at Tales of the Cocktail (2011), and “International Bartender of the Year” (2012). Artesian, under Kratena's helm has also won "Best European Bar” at the Cocktails & Spirits Awards in Paris, and has been deemed “The World’s Best Bar" by Drinks International Magazine.
Kratena is also the bartender who made us a gin martini that we actually enjoyed enough to finish to the last drop. No small feat there.
We caught up with Kratena at the Langham Pasadena where he unveiled his latest concoction, The Social Club, a limited edition drink, inspired by the hotel and made with vodka, lilt, vetiver, citrus and rose water, a nod to the city's famous Rose Parade.
It's an absolutely refreshing drink, perfect for a hot day in Pasadena. We were a little skeptical of the rose water (which we've only ever used on our skin) but it's not overpowering at all. It's quite perfect, actually. The chocolate lips on the stem were an added treat too.
The other Langham Hotels in the U.S. also carry their own Kratena creations. Again, each one is inspired by the hotel's location.
In Chicago, he's concocted the Back to the Future, made with talker, port, sherry, citrus, cacao and raspberry. It's served hot like a toddy surrounded by edible chocolate stones.
The Skylines, for the Langham Boston, is made with aquavit, fino, citrus, cedar wood and bitters while the Lady Pink for the Langham Place Fifth Avenue in New York is made with fino, citrus, agave, bitter orange and rhubarb water.
Each drink costs $15 and all four drinks will be available at the hotel bar but only at Langham's U.S. properties.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more on that gin martini and for Alex's Confessions of a Hotel Bartender!
[Photos: Skylines Drink: Langham Hotels; All others: HotelChatter]