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.
MEDEA, an ultra-premium vodka that’s distilled in Schiedman, Holland, and distributed through corporate headquarters in Pleasanton, California, regularly takes top awards in the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. And that’s just for its taste. MEDEA also enjoys distinction for its unique bottle: the only one in the world with a programmable LED message strip, which is design- and technology-patented.
The Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska, offers the perfect seasonal drink to salute spring’s cool breezes and longer days: the Sunburned Musher.
—1.5 oz. New Amsterdam vodka
—1 oz. Tropicana orange juice
—1 oz. sweet and sour mix
—.75 oz. Rose’s grenadine
—Half a strawberry
—1 mint sprig
Avenue brings the ambiance of a Paris bistro and plants it squarely at the shore in Long Branch. From its 25-foot bar influenced by the hull of a ship to the large windows focusing attention on the beachfront setting, Avenue is laid-back luxury at its very best. The main dining room can host events for 15-200 people, and the event can be semiprivate (20-60 people), separated by illuminated partition walls from the main restaurant.
1.5 oz. vodka
1.5 oz. chamomile tea
.25 oz. local honey syrup
.25 oz. lemon juice
1. Mix all ingredients together in shaker.
2. Shake and serve in chilled martini glass.
Courtesy of The Hilton Anatole, Dallas
For 21 years, Proprietor Tony Del Gatto has been sharing his love of vera cucina Italiana—true Italian cuisine, the way it’s found in Italy today—at Grissini, his swanky, stylish restaurant in Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County. Old school in all the best ways, Grissini presents fresh, delicious food in a classy space. Enjoy a well-made cocktail at the restaurant’s convivial, buzzing bar or a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive list of fine Old World Wines while savoring a true taste of Italy.
Hot off a recent opening, Buddha Kitchen and Lounge serves this refreshing cocktail in their Eat Street location. The restaurant, which has room for 144 diners, features Asian fusion cuisine and live house music performances. With its use of fresh fruits and vegetables and crisp taste, the Sweet Pea is the perfect spring drink for you to sip while sitting on Buddha’s patio and forgetting the bitter cold of winter.