The Mr. Plant cocktail is named for Robert Plant, legendary vocalist and lyricist of Led Zeppelin. He is one of many rock legends, including The Doors, The Who and The Rolling Stones, who used to stay at the hotel that was known as Riot House back in the day. Reports have it that Plant shouted “I am a golden god!” from a hotel balcony overlooking the Sunset Strip, inspiring the well-known scene from the movie Almost Famous. Mr. Plant has been a house favorite at the hotel since. After changing hands several times, it became Andaz West Hollywood in 2009. The cocktail is proudly served at the Riot House Bar. 

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. 209 gin
—8 cucumber slices (2 for garnish)
—½ tangerine
—dash of agave nectar
—club soda

DIRECTIONS
Fill a shaker with 5 cucumber slices, half a tangerine and a dash of agave nectar. Muddle ingredients. Next, fill shaker twothirds full with ice, add gin and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass, top off with club soda and garnish with remaining cucumber slices.

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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

 

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