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.”

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

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

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Feisser Stone, founder and creative director, of Barlingual, a full-service bar consulting company, created this summer-ready take on the daiquiri for the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills. “A daiquiri is an entry-level cocktail, which is so simple to make, I thought about how I could make it more interesting,” Stone says. “I was inspired by chartreuse, which was one of the fi rst distilled spirits made by monks several centuries ago. The Daiquiri Vert could be a cocktail those monks would have made.” With only three ingredients and a photo-ready emerald hue, it’s an ideal cocktail for events.