Whether you’re traveling to Latin America during the holidays or seeking new ways to spice up your bar at home for the ultimate New Year’s Eve bash, two Hilton Worldwide mixologists in the region suggest exotic concoctions to ‘mix it up’ while celebrating the season.
In Brazil, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi’s Master Mixologist Rodman Paixão continuously titillates his customers with the special Holiday Delight. Inspired by holiday colors, this tasty treat combines fruit, rum and citrus flavors for a holiday home run.
Rodman’s Holiday Delight:
· 2 oz Rum Bacardi Límon
· 1 oz Aperol
· 2 oz Schweppes Citrus
· 2 slices of pear
· 1 mint bouquet
· 1 oz pear pulp
· 2 blackberries
· Macerate in a mixing glass 1 oz. of the pear pulp and the two blackberries.
· Add the rum and the Aperol; add ice and shake.
· Add crushed ice to a Cognac glass.
· Strain from the mixing glass to the Cognac glass.
· Add Schweppes Citrus, 1 mint branch and 2 slices of pear as garnish.
For a year-round treat, Rodman offers an interactive cocktail-making class for small groups. During the session, he introduces different bar utensils, explains the history of Cachaça, the characteristics of the one he will use and the properties of tropical fruits. He then demonstrates the preparation of a Caipirinha – one authentically made with lime and another made with an exotic fruit chosen by the group, inviting two participants to help him prepare the drink. The one hour session is followed by appetizers at the bar.
At Hilton Mexico City Reforma, Juan Carlos Lopez mixed together the Fresini for the holiday season. The Fresini is perfect for us who are looking for a sweet treat to tempt our taste buds. The vodka-based beverage combines sweet strawberry liquor with basil and sugar to create mixed-drink magic. Perfect for those wishing to spice up their New Year’s Eve party, this drink is easy to make and will keep your friends and family coming back for more.
Juan Carlos’ Fresini:
· 2.5 oz vodka
· 3 oz strawberry liquor
· 3 small basil leaves
· 1 oz sugar
· 4 strawberries
· Finely chop three strawberries.
· Crush the basil, sugar and one strawberry; put to side.
· Place ice in a shaker; add the chopped strawberry, crushed basil, sugar and strawberry.
· Add the 2.5 oz of vodka and the strawberry liqueur and shake.
· Serve cold in a martini glass.
Enjoy your Fresini at the newly opened lobby bar at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma (top photo), open 7 days a week from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., with happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. and live music on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Hilton Worldwide hotels across the Caribbean and Latin America are always ready to spice up your stay with cocktails such as the original Piña Colada at the Caribe Hilton to coffee-inspired drinks and dishes at the Hilton Bogota. Looking to getaway this winter to the Hilton Mexico City Reforma, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi or any other hotel in the region can save up to 40% if they make reservations before Jan. 31, 2012 with the Any Weekend Anywhere Sale, for any weekend stays in 2013. For details, visit HHonors.com/Weekend. Cheers!