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.

“We wanted to create a cocktail that everyone could enjoy,” says Beverage Director Megan Ardizoni, “while paying homage to the concept of the speakeasy during the days of Prohibition and drawing on the decadence of the Pawn Shop which functions as a hidden entrance into all locations of Beauty & Essex.”

INGREDIENTS
- 1 1/2 oz. The Botanist Gin
- 1/2 oz. Campo Viejo Cava Brut
- 3/4 oz. Funkin Strawberry Puree
- 1/2 oz. cucumber-infused water
- 1/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup

DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a very thin slice of lemon.

Courtesy of Beauty & Essex

If you want to boost attendance at a meeting or conference, try these four letters: N.A.P.A. And while the Northern California wine region has more than enough activities to keep attendees busy when they’re not in meetings—475 wineries, to begin with—the downtown heart of the region is introducing new experiences this fall. Here’s a sampling:

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

 

Who can resist a cocktail with the name Return to Paradise? From costa Kitchen & Bar, the signature restaurant at Mar Monte Hotel in Santa Barbara, is a beverage we can’t wait to enjoy during a warm Southern California afternoon. Any time you’re in Santa Barbara is happy hour!

Ingredients

1.5oz SelvaRey White Rum
.5 ounce El Dorado 12-Year-Old Dark Rum
1 ounce pineapple juice
.5 ounce cinnamon syrup
.5oz lime juice
1 dash angostura bitters

Directions