Dorchester Collection of luxury hotels has rolled out a new campaign across each of its properties called “Perfection Just Happens’’ to celebrate special moments throughout the year. The campaign launched with new signature cocktails from the bartenders of Dorchester Collection and are designed for guests to savor special occasions. These locally-inspired libations are included in a new specialty cocktail menu.
Here’s a look:
Dorchester Collection’s iconic flagship hotel, The Dorchester, is the place to be in London, and The Bar at The Dorchester is the ultimate destination for cocktails. Legendary bar manager Giuliano Morandin and his team of experimental alchemists, chose the Martinez. This cocktail, believed to be the prototype of the martini and the Manhattan, was first listed by bartender O.H. Byron in 1884 and revived by Morandin with his bespoke gin. The Martinez balances a sweet and mature taste and is created with The Dorchester Old Tom Gin, Luxardo Maraschino, and Punt e Mes, plus a dash of Boker’s Bitters. A shaken cocktail, it is served in a martini glass with an orange twist garnish.
Contemporary 45 Park Lane is located just steps from The Dorchester in Mayfair. Guests can visit BAR 45 where talented head bartender Maurizio Palermo is known for serving exotic cocktails. The signature Pepper-Tin cocktail includes a trio of classic American ingredients including Vermont maple-infused peppercorn, mint leaves and rye whiskey with a splash of ginger ale. It is served over ice in a shiny copper mug with a sprinkle of pink peppercorns to garnish.
Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel and spa in Ascot. Toast the countryside at The Bar, known for its cocktails inspired by the estate’s history and polo fields. Bar manager Yuv Gurung created the Marmalade Martini which is reminiscent of Coworth Park’s vast meadow and long sunsets. It’s made using Lillet Blanc, a British Chase potato vodka, grapefruit juice, Aperol, and a spoonful of Seville marmalade. Shaken with ice, poured into a coupe glass, it is topped with champagne, and garnished with a single edible flower (preferably orange). It’s the perfect tipple to drink while watching the sunset over the croquet lawn.
Le Meurice, located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, embodies the perfect French palace hotel and Bar 228, featuring a recently updated bar counter, is the ideal spot to rendezvous. Request a cocktail created by bar director, William Oliveri, who has been with the hotel since 1978. Oliveri created Cocktail 228, in honor of the famous Parisian bar and the hotel’s historic address on rue de Rivoli. The champagne-based cocktail combines pear coulis, pear liqueur, lychee liqueur and a touch of raspberry coulis. It is served in a flute that is filled to the rim with chilled Champagne.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée is the Haute Couture address in Paris and famous for its red awnings and beautiful flowers. Its new signature cocktail is inspired by fashion and called The Red Dress. The team at Le Bar du Plaza Athénée created this couture concoction with Belvedere Vodka, raspberry, cranberry and pineapple juices, plus one drop each of cherry bitter and simple syrup. Decorated with flexi-grass and topped with cherry candy, it looks stunning in a martini glass.
Set on the banks of Lake Geneva, Le Richemond is in the heart of the city making Le Bar, known for its extensive champagne, wine and martini lists, the perfect venue to clink glasses. Bar manager Reinier van Brussel created theSwiss Connection using spirits from the historic Morand Distillery in Martigny, Switzerland. Combined with fresh Swiss ingredients including Douce de Williamine, liqueur de Willamine Morand, and crushed raspberries, this cocktail is shaken, served with ice chips and topped with cranberry juice. It is served in a tall balloon glass.
Hotel Principe di Savoia is an historic address overlooking Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Milan, while Principe Bar is renowned for exclusive parties, creative beverages and DJ sets. Guests can now sip Sprince, the hotel’s version of a spritz fashioned by bar manager Daniele Confalonieri. It’s made strikingly blue – the hotel’s signature color – by curaçao and also includes a spoonful of maraschino liqueur, Ca’ del Bosco Spumante, one blackberry, two raspberries, two lemon slices, and an edible flower. The blue curaçao and maraschino liqueur are shaken and strained into a chilled champagne flute, served over ice and topped with spumante. It is garnished with sweet and dry lemon slices and raspberries.
The historic Hotel Eden, currently going through a restoration, will reopen on April 1. The newly designed Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar will offer stunning panoramic views of Rome and it will be the perfect place to indulge in the newly created cocktail ‘7pm’’. This cocktail celebrates the ‘aperitivo’ hour and embodies the beautiful colors of a Roman sunset, best viewed from Il Giardino. The drink combines fresh ginger and pineapple, orange and lemon juices with ginger ale and vodka (Purity or Grey Goose). The ginger is crushed with ice and all other ingredients and shaken. Served in a tall tumbler and garnished with half a passion fruit and fresh mint, guests can twirl their grass stick (included) as they watch the sunset over the Eternal City.
Located on Sunset Boulevard, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bar Nineteen12, named after the year the hotel opened, are legendary. Among traditional classics, the new Pink Palace cocktail is an ode to the hotel’s nickname and mirrors the color of the hotel’s iconic façade. Bar manager Andrzej Lewczyk has concocted this drink using Monsoon chai-infused light rum, Velvet Falernum, strawberry coconut purée and pineapple juice. It is blended and served in hurricane glass. Garnished with mint and a pink umbrella, it is refreshing by the pool or on the terrace.
Set amidst Swan Lake and paradise gardens, Hotel Bel-Air is a California oasis. The Bar & Lounge, with nightly entertainment, a grand piano and fireplace, creates a Hollywood golden age atmosphere. In addition to its growing list of inventive cocktails is The Swan, a tribute to the resident swans floating nearby on the estate’s Swan Lake. Bar manager Micah Paloff created a whiskey-based cocktail that includes Hill Haven Lodge Whiskey, egg white, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. It is shaken and strained into a martini glass. The topper – a mist of Angostura bitters is sprayed through a swan template to leave an image of a swan.