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. In late 2019, the restaurant officially released its Marina Kitchen Honey Barrel Whiskey, created with liquefied honey from those rooftop beehives, and made in partnership with San Diego distillery Malahat Spirits. To create the spirit, bourbon barrels are coated with fresh honey and the bourbon whiskey is aged for six months. The result, according to tasting notes, is “a sweet and steady bourbon boasting hints of vanilla, caramel and honey.”

This MK Honeycomb Collins is one of several honey-infused cocktails guests can enjoy, while beehive bourbon supplies last, at Marina Kitchen.
 
INGREDIENTS
2 oz. MK Honey Barrel Whiskey 1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice splash of soda water

DIRECTIONS
Place first three ingredients in a shaker. Shake, then pour over ice into a Collins glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a lemon wheel and fresh mint.

 

Seattle’s Foodz Catering is preparing to move into its new home, nicknamed the “factory,” in the Georgetown neighborhood this summer. Four times the size of its current headquarters, it will include a new kitchen, offices and a warehouse. Toast the new digs with the company’s Blueberry Mule—the recipe raises the bar on the sober-curious trend.

INGREDIENTS

—3 oz. fresh-pressed blueberry juice

—juice of half a lime

—ginger beer

—shaved ice

—sprig of mint

—lime wedge

 

Courtesy of THE US GRANT Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego. 

INGREDIENTS

—.5 oz. Bigallet Thyme liqueur

—.5 oz. Massenez Garden Party Rosemary liqueur

—.5 oz. Domaine Sante All-Sass (Wine Grape Nectar)

—2.5 oz. sparkling wine

—splash of absinthe

DIRECTIONS

 

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa’s restaurant, Cibolo Moon, is the first T-certified (“t” as in tequila) restaurant in Texas. The restaurant received the “Award T Recognition” from the Consejo Regulador del Tequila. As part of the recognition, the Cibolo Moon staff has been trained on tequila history, guidelines and production, as well as agave cultivation and harvesting.