These Cocktails Sure Do French Press Us –
During Prohibition times, barmen were both crafty and ingenious. Many used the innocent-looking French Press instead of a cocktail shaker to muddle their mixes, hoping to conceal the true contents within. Using Prohibition-style teacups to serve, Omni Mount Washington Resort offers Prohibition Punch in The Cave, made with Russian Earl Grey Tea, Bailey’s Irish Cream and a splash of whiskey. The Cave's the real thing, too. Built in 1902, the hotel’s squash courts were converted to an underground bar during Prohibition. Guests drank spiritus liquors out of teacups in The Cave while others kept watch in a back room to monitor any officials coming up the driveway. Please note that prices have gone up since Prohibition, and the cocktail is now $9.00. A stay starts at $369.
Surf & Sand Laguna Beach is also in on the French Press trend; they’re making Fresh Sips for Two at Splashes Bar. By using the French Press you get two drinks instead of one, so yes, you can share, or you can just have a back-up. For summer – because no, it’s not over yet! – try their Cucumber Mint Gimlet and/or the Fresh Raspberry Martini for Two for $24. A stay starts at $540.
Summer With Shandy –
Hotels recognize that beer is a popular summer thirst-quencher, and many of them are giving that beer bottle a shake to see what else they can do with it.
Since Coronas mean summer fun in many circles, Carson’s Cup ($12) from Mexicado at Hyatt Regency Aruba contains this key ingredient. Also included in the mix is Herradura Blanco, grapefruit juice, lime juice, tamarind syrup, and a garnish of raspberries.
In New York, The Marlton Hotel’s Margaux is serving the Pamplemousse Shandy ($14) made with Grapefruit Hefeweizen, Aperol, tequila and lime, garnished with a candied grapefruit. The cocktail creator, Bartender Chris O’Neill, said, “The Pamplemousse Shandy is great for sippin’ or swillin’ day or night.” Stays start at $395.
La Concha Resort in San Juan has a Nectarine Caipirinha ($12) that looks divine, with Leblon, fresh lemon-lime juice, fresh nectarine juice, and is topped with a splash of soda. Stays starts at $199.
The Caicos Beer Shandy ($11) comes from Stelle Beach Bar & Grill at Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. This concoction is made with chilled, local Turks Head Beer, ginger beer, fresh ginger, lime wheel, local Bambarra Black Bark Rum and an orange peel twist. Stays start at $695.
[Photos: The US Grant; The Dorchester; Omni Mount Washington; Surf & Sand Laguna Beach; La Concha Resort; The Marlton Hotel; Hyatt Regency Aruba; Gansevoort Turks + Caicos]