Tucked inside the first floor lobby of Le Méridien Philadelphia, aMuse has a sleek and sexy style (think a handsome bar, fireplace, chandeliers and black leather seating). Executive chef Jennifer Salhoff creates classic French dishes with a contemporary twist. It may be an intimate space but its cocktail list makes a big impression, especially when presented in smokescented glasses and luxe flasks. Signature cocktails look to a number of leading ladies, including Philadelphia’s own princess, Grace Kelly. Channel your own little bit of Grace with this delicious drink. 

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. St-Germain
—0.25 oz. Lime juice
—1 oz. Bluecoat gin
—cucumber slices
—basil

DIRECTIONS
Muddle two slices of cucumber and spring basil with St-Germain in shaker and then add the ice, gin and lime juice, shake hard and double strain. Serve over new ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cucumber wedge.

Courtesy of aMuse at Le Méridien Philadelphia

Next time you’re at Motif hotel in Seattle, stop by Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails and try the Piña Romero cocktail, conjured up by bar manager Chris Blakeslee.

INGREDIENTS
—2 oz. BarSol pisco
—1/2 oz. rosemary syrup
—1/2 oz. lemon juice
—1 oz. pineapple juice
—rosemary sprig for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine ingredients, garnish with the rosemary sprig and enjoy!

Courtesy of Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

 

 

INGREDIENTS:
– 1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
– 5 oz. lime juice
– 5 oz. raspberry simple syrup*

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a glass and garnish with fresh raspberries.

*Raspberry Simple Syrup Yields 1 gallon

INGREDIENTS:
– 1 gallon water
– 14 oz. raspberry jam
– 8 tbsp. sugar