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Keep Up With the Joneses With These Cocktail Trends 2014: Part 1

August 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | ()

As Week 1 of HotelChatter Cocktail Week(s) wraps up, here's a run-down of some of the nifty things we see going on in the world of hotel bars and bevvies. What do you see goin’ on out there? Let us know in the comments below!

There’s so Much More to Syrup Than Maple –
If you’re into cocktails there’s a pretty good chance you’ve made your own simple syrup but these hotels are going beyond the norm and creating some pretty exotic specialty syrups.

At Fifteen Beacon’s Mooo (a Preferred Hotel) they make all of their syrup’s in-house, but we particularly liked the sound of the House made Celery Lemongrass Syrup that they use in their Celery 75 cocktail, made with Berkshire Greylock gin, Prosecco, strawberry, and the syrup, of course.

Cost to imbibe: $14
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at $479

And here’s an exotic beauty from the W Bangkok: the Chor Muang cocktail. You have absolutely no hope of making this drink at home since it’s made with Butterfly Pea Flower House Made Syrup – a flower that has become so rare that it’s difficult to find it in Thai markets. This elusive ingredient, however, makes it popular with guests who want something authentically Thai, and with locals who want the same. Other ingredients in this cocktail include Butterfly Flower-infused raspberry vodka, lime juice, and it’s garnished with – here we go – a 24-carat gold dust-dipped Butterfly Flower.

Cost to imbibe: THB $275 ($9)
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at THB 4,788 ($150)

Ditch the Bartender and Make Your Own -
Sometimes you’re your own best bartender, especially when it comes to making your favorite drink. Topnotch Resort has an Interactive Bloody Mary Bar as part of its “Sunday Funday Brunch.” All you do is choose your:
- Rim accent: lime salt + pepper, smoke + spice, or maple bacon
- Base from traditional, spicy, or tomatillo verde
- Vodka (upgrade to a Vermont vodka for $2)
- All the garnishes you can stomach – house made Heady Topper pickles, dilly beans, red and yellow bell peppers, celery, jalapenos, VT cheddar cheese, red onion, horseradish stuffed olives, cherry tomatoes, VT Smoke and Cure bacon, fresh basil, rosemary, lemon, lime There you have it – a homemade cocktail when you’re not at home.

Cost to imbibe: $10
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at $240

The Capri Tiberio Palace, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, encourages you to not only make your own Limoncello cocktail, but your own Limoncello.

Open to guests every day upon request, the full-day workshop starts in the morning with a trek starting at Capri’s Blue Grotto, going along the West Coast of the island to the lighthouse at Punta Carena. After lunch overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and a lesson in lemon harvesting, you’ll get down to making that golden lemony goodness with a local Limoncello producer. Then cap ‘er off and go back to the hotel to drink your creation. If you want to save your bottle so that you can have at home whenever you want to recapture Capri, the hotel has their own Limoncello for you to try.

Course cost: €280 ($375) for the full-day workshop
Cost to stay after you’re finished the bottle: Starts at €365 ($489)

Moonshine Madness -
Thanks in large part to the popularity of The Great Gatsby and Ken Burns’ Prohibition–both taking place during the height of the moonshine-making frenzy–and the Discovery Channel’s strangely successful, Moonshiners, everyone’s joining the moonshine club with pop-up speakeasies, 1920s-styled lounges and yes, moonshine cocktails. (We want to remind you – we’re wearing our serious faces here – that making moonshine is illegal so make sure you’re using the store-bought stuff. Fake moonshine only, please!)

One of the hotels getting in on the act is Harrah’s Resort Southern California in San Diego. They’ve recently opened a prohibition-era lounge called Spiked, and there you’ll find the Still of the Night cocktail, made with Raspberry Ugly California Moonshine, moonshine-marinated maraschino cherries, lemon and orange bitters.

Cost to imbibe: $9
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at $180

At The Venetian’s Public House try the Citrus Crisp, which sounds innocent enough until you find out it has ‘Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine, Canton ginger liqueur, lemon juice and is garnished with a cinnamon stick to keep up that sweet apple-pie appearance.

Cost to imbibe: $13
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at $269

[Photos: W Bangkok; Fifteen Beacon; Topnotch Resort; Capri Tiberio Palace; Harrah's Resort Southern California; The Venetian]

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