4 Classic Cocktail Recipes from Fancy Hotels—and Pro Tips for Making Them These playful takes on the old fashioned will have you reaching for your cocktail shaker. Budget Travel Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:00 AM Using fresh ingredients elevates homemade cocktails to pro status. (Whitney Tressel) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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4 Classic Cocktail Recipes from Fancy Hotels—and Pro Tips for Making Them

These playful takes on the old fashioned will have you reaching for your cocktail shaker.

old fashioned cocktail

Using fresh ingredients elevates homemade cocktails to pro status.

(Whitney Tressel)

Old-school cocktails are in vogue now, thanks to the comeback of cocktail culture and the glorification of everything retro, TV's Mad Men being a particularly fine example. We can't think of a better place than a chic hotel bar to sip an old fashioned from a heavy-bottomed tumbler while deep in thought. The only problem is, those lobby drinks can be a splurge, depending on what part of the world you're in—and how many you order.

So we're bringing the bar to you, with these clever yet timeless cocktail recipes from swanky Hilton lounges across the country. While you're stirring them up, heed these three cocktail rules, straight from a barkeep at LvL25 at Conrad Miami, a lounge renowned for the Biscayne Bay views from its 25-story vantage point.

Rule #1: Hit the grocery store before you mix up a cocktail. "Our secret is to use fresh ingredients. We marinate the fruit with sugar for a bit so the juice from the fruit comes out in the flavors of the drink."

Rule #2: Use a stainless-steel cocktail shaker and pronged cocktail strainer to make drinks—not one of those built-in perforated strainers. "The pronged strainer allows the cocktail to breathe like a good glass of wine. It also ensures the mixed or muddled ingredients are strained out to ensure the highest drink quality."

Rule #3: When at a hotel bar, go off menu. "Instead of ordering a signature drink, guests should ask the bartender to create a drink based on their liquor preference and sweet or savory tastes. A good bartender usually anticipates a guest’s needs by asking about their drink preferences first."

1. Chairman of the Board

old fashioned cocktail
(Courtesy Beverly Hilton)

From: The Beverly Hilton 

2 oz bourbon
½ oz maple syrup
Orange slice
Luxardo cherry

Combine the bourbon and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Twist orange slice into glass. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.

2. Orange You Old Fashioned

old fashioned cocktail
(Courtesy Conrad Miami)

From: Conrad Miami

½ oz Flor de Caña Añejo Rum
2 dashes of orange bitters
½ oz mango puree
1 cube of raw sugar
1 ice sphere
Sliced orange peel and sugarcane stick for garnish

Muddle raw sugar and orange bitters. Add the rum and mango puree. Stir all ingredients and strain into rock glass with the ice sphere. Garnish with a sliced orange peel and sugarcane stick.

3. Bull & Bear Old Fashioned

old fashioned cocktail
(Courtesy Waldorf Astoria New York)

From: The Waldorf Astoria New York 

4 dashes Angostura bitters
1 tsp sugar (or 2 sugar cubes)
1 orange wheel
1 maraschino cherry
1 splash club soda
2 oz bourbon 

First, muddle sugar with the fruit and Angostura bitters. Next, add ice and bourbon whiskey. Swirl all ingredients with a bar spoon, and top if off with a splash of club soda. To finish, garnish with an orange peel.

4. The Drake Old Fashioned

old fashioned cocktail
(Courtesy the Drake)

The Drake Old Fashioned 

From: The Drake Chicago 

1 dash Angostura bitters
1 splash simple syrup
1 orange wheel
1 maraschino cherry
1 splash club soda
2 oz bourbon

Place orange wheel, maraschino cherry, bitters, and simple syrup in glass and then muddle. Add bourbon and stir all ingredients. Finally, add ice and top with a splash of club soda.

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