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Signature Drink: The Bergonian

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Celebrating its 90th anniversary this summer, Seattle’s Mayflower Park Hotel started life as the Bergonian Hotel on July 16, 1927, and has been in continuous operation ever since. The hotel was named after original owner Stephen Berg and his love of The Oregonian newspaper. In salute to its 90 years of service and with a nod to its past, Mayflower Park created The Bergonian cocktail. Raise a glass to honor an icon in Seattle’s hospitality history.

Signature Drink: Gin is Vodka, Green with Envy

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INGREDIENTS
—1.75 oz. CapRock Gin
—.75 oz. Lillet Blanc
—.5 oz. rosemary simple syrup
—.5 oz. lemon juice
—4 sugar snap peas, muddled, and extra for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Muddle snap peas with ingredients in a Boston shaker.
2. Shake vigorously.
3. Double strain into a rocks glass over ice.
4. Garnish with sliced peas. 

Courtesy of The Pig & The Sprout, Denver

Signature Drink: San Jorge

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Red Cow might be best known for burgers, but you’d be remiss to ignore the cocktail menu. Crafted by Beverage Director Ian Lowther, drinks range from beer cocktails (called boilermakers) to shaken or stirred specialties. Lowther created the following boozy concoction just for Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine. 

INGREDIENTS:
—1 t. simple syrup
—1/3 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—1/3 oz. fresh lemon juice
—1/3 oz. Tattersall Grapefruit Crema
—1/3 oz. St. George Pear Brandy
—1 2/3 oz. Lunazul Reposado Tequila

New Golf-Themed Gastro Pub Opens at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center

A new gastro pub, Tin Cup, located at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center has officially opened its doors.

Formerly The Grille, the restaurant can hold 88 guests and now features a new menu and design.

"Tin Cup has that gathering place vibe, where friends can meet up to enjoy a freshly made salad or sandwich," says Brad Ott, director of operations. "There's a casual air about it, conducive to hoisting a cold one after a hard-day of work or a hard-played 18 holes."

Whet Your Appetite for These Mouth-Watering Menus

Hello readers,

Get ready to eat (and drink) your heart out with these tempting new menus from two of Illinois’ popular hotels. First, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center now offers uniquely themed break menus, all inspired by local touchstones. For your next meeting or event you can choose from:

Illinois Farm Table: Local crops are the focus with fresh ingredients, such as kale carrots and beets used to make smoothies, juices and pastries. Chalkboard signs and straw accents round out the theme.

Signature Drink: Coconut Key Lime Swizzle

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The Orange Squirrel takes chef Francesco Palmieri’s philosophy of serving simple, but not simplistic global comfort food using approachable, wholesome ingredients. The accessible menu features quirky, creative takes on comfort classics.

The Orange Squirrel accommodates groups with special menus customized specifically to their needs. Seated dinners are for 35-40 people, while cocktails/buffet-style events can be up to 50. 

Signature Drink: Fall of ‘75

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Kosevich’s Fall of ’75 features a garnish - ment you may not have seen, much less thought was possible: edible spray paint. Mixologists are getting more crafty these days, making a spectacle of their cocktails. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.5 oz. lemon 
—.5 oz. allspice syrup
—1 oz. Bombay Sapphire
—3 oz. sparkling wine
—1 eye drop Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters
—glass: flute
—garnish: edible gold spray paint, safflower

New Drink Trends are Raising the Bar

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Cocktail and drink trends come and go, but what we can always count on is an ever evolving scene that gets more creative with every passing year. Whether it’s variations on the classic cocktails or a completely new concoction, the drink trend is headed for another overhaul this season.

Austin Craft Tequila Distiller Expands Lineup

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Austin’s Dulce Vida Tequilas has added 70-proof lime tequila and grapefruit options to its retail mix. The fruit-infusions join a new 80-proof portfolio that has been added to the company’s organic blue agave Los Altos tequila. “These cocktail-ready, category disrupters are providing healthier cocktail solutions,” says Eric Dopkins, founder and CEO of Milestone Brands, parent company of Dulce Vida Tequilas. 

Signature Drink: The Bee Keeper

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This recipe was created by Pamela Moncrief, spirits director at Spirits by Sedona, a luxury cocktail experience. The recipe is a riff on a classic called The Bee’s Knees and is a guest favorite of Spirits by Sedona, a division of Sedona Productions, an event management company that serves as the in-house booking, planning and production company for Cendera Center in Fort Worth. 

INGREDIENTS:
—2 oz. Ford’s Gin
—.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
—.5 oz. wildflower honey syrup
—1 pinch paprika
—1 dash Angostura bitters

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