Earlier this year, the 15 locations of Ocean Prime, including one in Beverly Hills, participated in a bourbon blending workshop with Woodford Reserve, the Kentucky distillery. Out of this workshop, Ocean Prime beverage director Andrea Hoover created the Ocean Prime Manhattan.

“When we developed the Manhattan,” Hoover says, “our goal was to make it smooth enough to be crowd pleasing, but complex enough to satisfy the developed palate. It is rich in texture with a surprise appearance of Amaro Nonino, delightfully orange and soft. The bitters include notes of rosemary, grapefruit and peppercorn, which add a really fun additional flavor layer. This Manhattan is awesome when served chilled in a coupe, over a big rock of ice or batched for a party. There's really no cocktail more perfect for a chilly fall evening.”

INGREDIENTS
— 1.5 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
— 75 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
— 75 oz. Nonino Amaro
— 6 drops Crude Rosemary, Grapefruit, Peppercorn Bitters

DIRECTIONS
— Combine all ingredients in beaker.
— Add pellet ice to beaker.
— Stir to combine and chill.
— Strain into coupe glass.
 

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INGREDIENTS:
— 1 can (13.5 oz.) Thai coconut milk
— 2 cups mango puree (can be store bought or made at home with ripe mango blended with a tablespoon of water)
— 2 oz. fresh lime juice
— 4 oz. agave syrup
— 2 cups water
— 1 tbsp. dried coconut
— 1 Fresno chile
— 10 oz. tequila or mescal, if desired
— dash of salt
— Tajin seasoning and mango slices for garnish

 

This cocktail was first poured in 2010 for the opening menu at the original Beauty & Essex restaurant and lounge on New York’s Lower East Side. Now it’s a staple at all three locations, including Las Vegas and Hollywood, where Beauty & Essex is a dramatic 10,000-square-foot two-level venue, with two full service bars, an outdoor terrace, courtyard spaces and a private dining room.

 

The cocktail menu at the new Chulita restaurant in Venice focuses on tequila and mescal, spirits that beautifully complement the restaurant’s botanas y mezcales, or Mexican drinking food.