Riviera 31, the cocktail lounge at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, recently had a swank makeover, to offer what’s described as a “sensual baroque take on flowers and their mystery and elegance.” Now guests can sink into deep ruby red and blue velvet sofas under the gold Rococo ceiling and flattering hushed lighting. To complement the redesign, a new cocktail menu has been ushered it, featuring drinks that play off their surroundings. Among them, this striking take on the martini.

Ingredients:
—2 oz. vodka
—2 large strawberries
—3 fresh basil leaves
—2 oz. lime agave

Directions:
Muddle strawberries and basil. Add lime agave and vodka. Shake, then pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a basil leaf.

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