Marina Kitchen, the signature restaurant at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, launched an urban beekeeping program in 2015 as a way to encourage environmental efforts on the 1,360-room property. In late 2019, the restaurant officially released its Marina Kitchen Honey Barrel Whiskey, created with liquefied honey from those rooftop beehives, and made in partnership with San Diego distillery Malahat Spirits. To create the spirit, bourbon barrels are coated with fresh honey and the bourbon whiskey is aged for six months. The result, according to tasting notes, is “a sweet and steady bourbon boasting hints of vanilla, caramel and honey.”

This MK Honeycomb Collins is one of several honey-infused cocktails guests can enjoy, while beehive bourbon supplies last, at Marina Kitchen.
 
INGREDIENTS
2 oz. MK Honey Barrel Whiskey 1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice splash of soda water

DIRECTIONS
Place first three ingredients in a shaker. Shake, then pour over ice into a Collins glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a lemon wheel and fresh mint.

 

Ever since I visited the Pasolivo olive ranch in Paso Robles a few years ago, their tree-to-table olive oils have been my evoo of choice to sprinkle on the fresh greens I grow in my backyard garden. So, I was thrilled to hear from the Pasolivo team that their flavored olive oils can add an antioxidant-packed addition to easy make-at-home cocktails. Here’s their recipe for a simple gin-based drink. 

Ingredients

 

Fellow, a gorgeous new restaurant and private event venue (capacity 650) in West Los Angeles, takes a sustainable and serious approach to its cocktail program. Bar director Adam Fournier, the  2021 U.S. World Class Bartender of the Year, repurposes kitchen and bar produce into cordials and kitchen stocks.

 

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.