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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: San Juan Marriott’s Tropical Eggnog

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  Site Where: 1309 Ashford Avenue [map], San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States, 00907
December 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

For those of you lucky enough to find yourselves in a tropical idyll over the holidays, way to plan ahead. For the rest of us, we’ll have to content ourselves with having this tropical version of eggnog to tide us over until we, too, find ourselves in a swinging hammock overlooking the ocean blue.

Popular in the tropics right about now is the Coquito – a traditional holiday bevvie made with evaporated and condensed milk and rum. The San Juan Marriott Resort offers lucky hammock-swinging guests complimentary glasses of the stuff during the holiday season (OK – they actually give it to guests at the property’s oceanfront restaurant, La Vista Latin Grill, but we’re sure hammocks must be close by).

If you’d like to try this creamy cocktail at home, beware: the recipe below makes a gallon of it and, because it’s seriously delectable, it’s also seriously dangerous!

San Juan Marriott Coquito

Ingredients
4 cans Evaporated Milk
4 cans Condensed Milk
2 cans Coconut Cream
1 liter White Rum (preferably Don Q)
1 cup Brandy
Vanilla to taste
Cinnamon to taste

Preparation
Mix together all the ingredients and let stand in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.

[Photo: San Juan Marriott Resort]

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: Four Seasons London Canary Wharf’s Christmas Carol Cocktails

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  Site Where: 46 Westferry Circus, London, United Kingdom, E14 8RS
December 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf has created a holiday cocktail collection based on Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The three ghosts, or spirits, in the story are brought to life through three enticing cocktails, the 1870 X.O, the Apple Pie Eggnog Martini and the Sparkling English Christmas.

Once upon a time there lived an "extra old" cognac that was first bottled in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy, and this is where our cocktail story begins. Representing the Ghost of Christmas Past, the 1870 X.O Cocktail hearkens back to the days of yore when dark liquors were all the rage.

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: Waldorf Astoria Park City

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  Site Where: 2100 Frostwood Drive [map], Park City, Utah, United States, 84098
December 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

The Waldorf Astoria Park City in Utah has gotten into the holiday spirit with their Cedar Smoked Manhattan. We picked this bevvie because a) it just looked so darned pretty, and b) we’re really into smoking cocktails – instead of sitting in front of a fire, you can just sit in front of your cocktail. Both will warm you up.

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

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  Site Where: 3649 Mission Inn Avenue [map], Riverside, California, United States, 92501
December 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California has a 12 Days of Christmas cocktail menu on offer during its 22nd Annual Festival of Lights celebration, which turns the property into a glowing spectacle of four million sparkly lights.

If you’d also like to get a glow on head to the hotel’s Presidential Lounge where the festive cocktail menu includes 12 drinks named for, and inspired by, the classic song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The menu starts with A Partridge in a Pear Tree made with Absolut Pears, lime juice, pear nectar and Baileys Caramel and goes all the way to Twelve Drummers Drumming made with Starbucks liqueur, Godiva Chocolate liqueur, and hot chocolate garnished with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

If you prefer to get lit at home, try this recipe based on the most pivotal point of the song - the Five Golden Rings – where everyone gets it together again after flailing about with the rest of the lyrics.

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: The New York Palace

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  Site Where: 455 Madison Avenue [map], New York, New York, United States, 10022
December 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

The New York Palace has gotten into the holiday spirit with its sparkly 12 Christmas trees adorned with 68,000 lights and 32,000 ornaments. The lobby also houses a 6’ x 8’ gingerbread house that is a replica of the hotel’s iconic Villard Mansion, which surrounds the hotel’s courtyard.

If you want to get into the holiday spirit too try concocting the Cranberry Garland cocktail or the Holiday Manhattan while you're trimming your own tree.

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Character Cocktails at The Savoy's Theatrical Beaufort Bar

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  Site Where: Strand, London, United Kingdom, WC2R 0EU
December 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Savoy Hotel has had more than its share of legends stay at the hotel since its opening in 1889 – Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Humphrey Bogart are but a few. To honor these celebrities and captains of industry The Savoy’s deeply dramatic Beaufort Bar has created a series of Character Cocktails and, we gotta tell ya, this is cocktail theater.

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St Regis Hotels Bottle Their Bloody Marvelous Bloody Mary Cocktail

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  Site Where: 5th Ave at 55th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
November 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bloody Mary is looking pretty spry at 80 years old. The cocktail was born when a St. Regis New York Hotel bartender named Fernand “Pete” Petiot spiced up a tomato juice and vodka libation with celery salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon and Worcestershire sauce – reinventing his simple cocktail formerly enjoyed at Harry’s Bar in Paris. The name “Bloody Mary,” though, was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar patrons in 1934 and it was re-named the “Red Snapper.”

To celebrate the 80th birthday of this most-ordered cocktail at The St Regis New York (it’s so popular, in fact, that as Starwood opens new St Regis properties around the world, they introduce a local version of the cocktail in each destination), they’ve bottled the bevvie so that you can take it home with you and wake up to it the next morning (there are worse things you could do).

The Red Snapper Bloody Mary mix is bottled in a limited-edition bottle designed by renowned fashion illustrator, Bil Donovan, and produced by Arrowhead Farms, celeb event designer Bronson van Wyck’s cocktail line. You can get it at the Arrowhead Farms online boutique for $28 starting Nov 26.

Now if you prefer to stay over at The St Regis New York and just enjoy a morning-after Bloody Mary cocktail on the premises (no judgment) a room will set you back $665 per night in January.

[Photos: St Regis Hotels & Resorts]

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Your New Friday Cocktail Venue: This Rooftop Bar Overlooking the Irrawaddy River

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  Site Where: Strand Road, Between 22nd & 23rd Street, Thirimarlar West, Aung Myay Thar Zan Township, Mandalay, Myanmar
November 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Mingalabar! All this week we've been focusing on one of the fastest changing hotel scenes on the globe: Burma, or Myanmar. (For Burma or Myanmar, see here - as fence-sitters, we'll be using the two interchangeably throughout the week.) We’ve already covered your hotel basics, and looked at Yangon: its most expensive hotel, its most historic hotel and its weirdest. Today, we're moving north, on the road to Mandalay.

This looks like a river, but it isn’t just any river. This is the Irrawaddy River, one of the most evocative names in the world (the Mississippi, the Danube, the Nile, the Irrawaddy, etc etc) thanks to the likes of Rudyard Kipling, who referred to it as the Road to Mandalay.

This is the view from the rooftop bar and restaurant at the Ayarwaddy River View Hotel in Mandalay, Burma (the river bisects the country; Ayarwaddy is the current government's spelling). Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay is far more frenetic and modern than Yangon. Stay in the city center, as we did our first night, and you’ll probably wish you hadn’t come. Staying on the Irrawaddy, however, is like sleeping in a different city.

From the rooftop – and from the river-facing rooms – you can see fishing boats, trawlers, and the little cruisers going up and down to Bagan. You can see people washing in the mornings, and the sun setting over the hills in the afternoon. In the evening, look out the other side at the city – there’s a lively temple right behind the hotel.

This is an instance when you’re really paying for location – our entry level room was $100, with a city view (a river view would have been $20 more). The room itself was basic, three star standard – definitely not on a par with other $100 we stayed at in Myanmar. But the location was everything, and hey, they throw in a free ‘traditional’ puppet show on the roof every evening.

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All Hotel Bars Should Take a Lesson From The LINQ Hotel in Vegas

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  Site Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
October 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we gave you a sneak peek of the drastic overhaul of the old Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, which will officially reopen as The LINQ Hotel & Casino tomorrow (it was formerly known as The Quad, a transition brand of sorts.)

The new rooms at The LINQ are like nothing we've seen before in Vegas, but we've definitely seen that sleek yet functional furniture making the rounds with all the millennial brands. The LINQ is clearly targeting the younger generation of Vegas visitors but it has a lot of touches that really hit the mark...for everyone.

Like USB ports and outlets in the lamps so you don't have to hunt for a spare outlet to charge your phone. Like WiFi hotspots in every room to ensure the best internet connections. Like toiletry dispensers that are easy to use (no struggling to open a teeny tiny toiletry bottle) and are filled with good for you and the earth products from Zero Percent (a division of Gilchrist & Soames.) And the option to send up some old-timey board games to you room for some pre-gaming fun.

But downstairs at the hotel's lobby bar, 3535, is where we think the future of hotel bars should be headed.

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The Langham London Presents the Art of the Aperitif

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  Site Where: 1C Portland Place, London, United Kingdom, W1B 1JA
October 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pouring the Martini Royales

It’s the terrible dilemma that faces you when you set foot in the Langham London. Does one head straight into Palm Court for one of the best afternoon teas in the world capital of afternoon teas? Or does one turn left and nip into Artesian for a perfectly blended cocktail?

Clearly, it wasn’t just us having a moral dilemma, because the Langham has just started The Art of the Aperitif - a pop-up bar bringing drinks from Artesian into Palm Court.

It’s being run in conjunction with Martini, so all the drinks (there are seven) have vermouth and, and there’s Martini memorabilia scattered around. But it’s no boring promo thing – the drinks have been created by Artesian’s Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale (head bartender and assistant head respectively), and there are food pairings (or snacks, rather), too, for the all important stomach-lining process.

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Only in Barcelona Can You Get A Taste Of Brangelina

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  Site Where: Marina 19-21, Barcelona, Spain, 08005
October 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Question: What do you get the person who has everything? (This is the question which possibly, probably foxed Brad Pitt as he debated whether to go to a certain celebrity wedding.)

Answer: A ticket to Barcelona for a meal at Hotel Arts. (Shame Brad didn't think of this, he might have got a Venetian holiday out of it.)

Why? Because it’s truffle season, and the hotel’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, Enoteca, is running a special white truffle tasting menu throughout November. It’s not just special because it involves white truffles – the dishes come with wine pairings, and those wines include the award-winning Miraval rosé. Not familiar with said rosé? It’s from Brangelina’s estate in Provence, and is not publicly for sale. Enough said.

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Mondrian London’s Rumpus Room Is Ready for You to Romp Around In

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  Site Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PD
October 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having set sail a few weeks ago, Mondrian at Sea Containers has added its promised rooftop bar: “1920s hedonism-inspired” Rumpus Room is now open.

Unlike New York, the list of rooftop bars in London isn’t that long, and even fewer can boast floor-to-ceiling windows with river views and outdoor space for al-fresco lounging and drinking, but Rumpus Room has both.

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