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

Combine all ingredients in tin, shake with ice 5-7 seconds. Double strain into glass and fill with ice. Garnish with mint bouquet and orange peel.

From costa’s food & beverage team: “Playing off classic tiki flavors, this drink pairs vibrant white rum with rich earthy flavors of dark rum, tropical fruit, fresh lime, and a touch of spices to create a easy-to-drink, refreshing poolside sipper.” costasb.com/

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. 

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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.

 

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.