Riviera 31, the cocktail lounge at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, recently had a swank makeover, to offer what’s described as a “sensual baroque take on flowers and their mystery and elegance.” Now guests can sink into deep ruby red and blue velvet sofas under the gold Rococo ceiling and flattering hushed lighting. To complement the redesign, a new cocktail menu has been ushered it, featuring drinks that play off their surroundings. Among them, this striking take on the martini.
This singular cocktail, created by Chris Burmeister, lead bartender at Outpost (the restaurant at The Goodland hotel in Santa Barbara), was inspired by one its ingredients, Avua Amburana Cachaca—a distilled Brazilian spirit made from fresh sugarcane juice. The ageing of the amburana wood of the cachaça releases intoxicating notes of cinnamon and baking spice. Burmeister wanted to highlight those flavors. He decided to do a riff on a milk punch, using the masala chai syrup as a sweetener to complement the cachaça.
Redbird, located in a downtown LA space that used to be the rectory of a former cathedral (which also houses the stunning event venue Vibiana), offers a cocktail program inspired by vintage cocktail books. The Bird of Paradise is a close play on a recipe from the 1939 compendium A Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker Jr.
—1.5 oz. gin
—.75 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
—.75 oz. raspberry syrup
—one egg white
—.5 oz. cream
—dash of orange blossom water
Sure, Boston likes to claim its independent roots, but nothing screams American independence quite like Philadelphia. And while we are on the subject of all things American, few things seem more red-blooded, good old US of A than a cold beer. That’s why Visit Philly is serving up one of the best festivals this summer - the "Summer of the Beer Garden." This 12-week festival features pop-up happy hours on Fridays in six distinct settings.
Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? And these early evening respites don’t get any happier than the one offered by Petrossian West Hollywood. During last week’s media happy hour mixer, the indulgent bites included caviar burger sliders, smoked trout tacos wrapped in jicama and topped with tequila-infused trout roe, potato tarts with crème fraiche and a dollop of white sturgeon caviar and caviar deviled eggs.