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Signature Drink: Bourbon Chai Flip

“Whether you love winter in Minnesota or hate it, a good winter drink can make the season more enjoyable. My favorite winter drinks are a whole category of cocktails called Flips. A cousin to the eponymous eggnog—but so, so, so much more delicious—Flips incorporate heavy cream with a whole egg, spirit, and sugar to make a dangerously delightful drink.

Signature Drink: Bird's Eye

Ace Hotel Chicago has really been stirring things up in the West Loop since opening in August, including its cocktail program. The Bird’s Eye is a prime example presenting a bourbon lemonade mixed with raspberry and bitters. It was created by Caitlin Laman, food and beverage director of Waydown, Ace Hotel’s rooftop venue. Waydown was named after the song by Chicago’s John Prine and takes inspiration from Midwestern watering holes. At Waydown, guests can enjoy impeccable skyline views, cozy seating areas, table games and nightly entertainment.

Signature Drink: What Angels Drink

Named after a line by Mark Twain, who said of watermelon in the summer “I imagine it’s what angels eat,” this clever mixture of watermelon and kaffir lime ice cubes, cointreau, orange bitters and sparkling wine will make guests swoon.  

INGREDIENTS:
—3 watermelon ice cubes*
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—3 dashes of orange bitters
—2.5 oz. Moscato d’Asti 
—2.5 oz. sparkling wine
—.75 oz. lime juice

Signature Drink: Alaskan Lemonade

For a refreshing, nonalcoholic drink option, try this lipsmacking Alaskan Lemonade recipe from the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The drink was served at a recent familiarization trip and had participating planners clamoring for more.

INGREDIENTS
—2 parts lemonade
—1/2 part rose water
—1/2 part hibiscus syrup
—raspberries for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine first three ingredients and garnish with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

Signature Drink: Rum Russian

INGREDIENTS:
— 1.5 oz Mason Dixon Distillery Aged Rum
— 3 oz pecan syrup
— 1.5 oz half and half 

DIRECTIONS: 
To make the pecan syrup combine 4 parts water and 4 parts sugar, then heat (but do not boil). Remove from heat once the mixture becomes clear. Add chopped pecans and let sit until mixture darkens. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Mason-Dixon Distillery 

Signature Drink: Strawberry Basil Cocktail

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.

Signature Drink: Gintly Down the Stream

INGREDIENTS
— 2 oz. Queen’s Courage Old Tom Gin
— 3 dashes Aromatic Bitters (Hella Bitters is a good substitute however, use only two dashes)
— .25 oz. tonic syrup (Use Tomr’s or honey as a substitute)
— Orange Twist for Garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. In a mixing glass or tin combine the gin, bitters and tonic syrup.
2. Add ice and stir until well chilled.
3. Pour into a well-chilled glass or over large ice cubes/whiskey stones if you have them.
4. Garnish with the peel of an orange.

Signature Drink: Truffle Shuffle

Fall is the fading of summer where the suntan fades and the air starts to smell a little different, a little more earthy. This drink is a twist on a drink that is typically thought of for summer, i.e a daiquiri. Like the days that get shorter and the dark of night gets longer, this drink is a little darker and a little earthy like fall.

INGREDIENTS:
—1 oz. truffl e fat washed Havana Club Rum
—1 oz. Gosling Spiced Rum
—1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—1 o.z dem simple syrup
—.5 oz. fresh lime

Marcus Hotels & Resorts Announces New Concepts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts in Omaha has announced its new dining and bar concepts that will open in late summer: Society 1854 and Burdock + Bitters. Society 1854 will focus on regional cuisine and local flavor while Burdock + Bitters will be Omaha's newest bar and lounge.

Both concepts will be under the creative direction of executive chef Brent Hockenberry, Omaha chef Jon Seymour, and craftsman and beverage expert Granville Sharpe. Located in downtown Omaha and minutes away from many cultural attractions, the concepts will serve as a hub for downtown Omaha life.

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