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Where to Enjoy the Best Cocktails Around the World in 2017

Where to Enjoy the Best Cocktails Around the World in 2017

The Lodge at Ashford, a 4-star hotel located on the grounds of Ashford Castle’s 350-acre estate, is the perfect destination for visitors looking for a more affordable, yet still luxurious, way to experience the extravagant property and all the many activities available on-site. The hotel features its own separate bar menu with signature cocktails, including the newly created “Summer Wind,” which can be enjoyed at the Lodge’s gourmet restaurant, Wilde’s, featuring fine contemporary Irish cuisine (with views of the serene Lough Corrib) or at the more casual Quay Bar and Brasserie.


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Ashford Castle


Gunpowder Blush at Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. It features 83 guestrooms, suites and a Lakeside Cottage, and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian centre, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland’s first school of falconry. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service are among the amenities. Their new signature cocktail “Gunpowder Blush” is a very unique cocktail that is infused with smoke, and made with Gunpowder Gin, fresh grapefruit juice and elderflower liqueur.

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Lady Morington at The Merrion, Dublin
The union of four restored Georgian townhouses, joined with a contemporary Garden Wing, The Merrion showcases 123 guestrooms and 19 suites, and houses the largest collection of 19th-and-20th-century art in Ireland outside the National Gallery. The Merrion serves up a selection of delicious signature cocktails at their intimate cocktail bar called No. 23 (named after one of the townhouses), which almost feels like Dublin’s best private club. With décor including some of the hotel’s exceptional works of art, No. 23 also offers delicious canapés, a special whiskey tasting selection, and the very best of warm Irish hospitality. One of their new cocktails to enjoy this summer is the “Lady Morington,” a refreshing alcoholic version of iced tea, made up of Bombay Sapphire Gin infused with Ronnefeldt red berry tea with fresh lemon juice and sugar.


Milestone Carousel at The Milestone Hotel, London
The five-star Milestone Hotel is a quintessentially English mansion-hotel located across from Kensington Gardens and Palace, boasting luxurious suites and spacious long-stay apartments, fine British dining and an award-winning Afternoon Tea menu. Guests and visitors can enjoy the Milestone’s delicious signature drinks at their cozy and intimate Stables Bar (whose name derived from the space’s original use as stables). Their new signature drink for the summer of 2017 is the “Milestone Carousel,” a very unique drink that’s placed atop a spinning carousel playing music. The cocktail incorporates Patron, Tia Maria, orgeat and lime juice, topped with Tiki Fire Rum that’s lit on fire.


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Milestone Carousel


Purple Basil Daiquiri at Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Located on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Monastero Santa Rosa is a 17th-century monastery-turned-luxury boutique hotel and spa that opened in 2012. The formerly ruined monastery is dramatically perched on a promontory overlooking the breathtaking Gulf of Salerno, offering a unique view of the coast. Connecting to the property’s past, 20 percent of the property’s garden plantings are therapeutic in nature or edible—reminiscent of the Santa Rosa nuns’ therapeutic creations back in the 17th century. Ivan Stankovic, Bar Manager at Monastero Santa Rosa, brings the flavors cultivated in the property’s gardens directly to his cocktails. For their signature Purple Basil Daiquiri, they use herbs and ingredients taken straight from the garden, incorporating white rum infused with red basil leaves and homemade pomegranate syrup.


Negroni at The San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice
San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice, the beautiful resort uniquely situated on its own private in the Lagoon of Venice, offers its own unique take on the popular Negroni cocktail. The San Clemente Palace Negroni uses Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth and Bombay Sapphire Gin infused with juniper berries, which is served in a Martini glass with a candied orange crumble rim.  The cocktail is poured into a glass containing an Aperol-grapefruit granita (made of pink grapefruit juice, aperol, sugar and water) at the table.


The San Clemente Palace Kempinski Garden Bar


Hassler Sling at The Hassler, Rome
The Palm Court, located in the famed Hassler Hotel atop Rome’s Spanish Steps, is a charming garden restaurant and bar surrounded by ancient stone walls, flowers and ivy. A contemporary-designed bar fills the Palm Court with a play of light and water, bringing a touch of playful contrast into the refined garden in the heart of Rome. New on the menu is the Hassler Sling, taking inspiration from the famous Singapore Sling; the cocktail combines gin, cherry Herring, Benedectine Dom, pineapple, grenadine and topped off with sgroppino.


Palm Court Bar


The Sparkling Berry and Swisstini at the Baur au Lac, Zurich
After a long winter, the Baur au Lac‘s outdoor Rive Gauche Terrasse, the “living room of Zurich” during the summer, has re-opened and welcomes guests throughout summer. This year’s top hits are the “Sparking Berry” cocktail and, of course, the hotel’s signature red “Swisstini” which uses white chocolate for the floating Swiss flag cross. Both refreshing cocktails are perfect to sip on while enjoying views of the adjacent Lake Zurich and distant alps.



The Elephant Drink at Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin
The iconic Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is located in the heart of the city, right next to the famous Brandenburg Gate. Its unique location, legendary history, opulent furnishings and impeccable service, make The Adlon ideal for leisure travelers and a great spot to grab one of the city’s best cocktails. The Adlon’s refreshing signature cocktail is coined “The Elephant Drink,” and can be enjoyed in front of the hotel’s stunning elephant fountain right in the recently refurbished Lobby Lounge & Bar or outside on the terrace facing the iconic Brandenburg Gate. This refreshing cocktail combines gin with Lillet Rose, with dashes of grenadine and grapefruit.


Hotel Adlon Kempinski Elephant Cocktail


Miracles at Balthazar in the Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Set in Copenhagen’s main city square, Kongens Nytorv, the Hotel d’Angleterre was established in 1755 and is considered a legendary institution in Copenhagen. “Miracles,” served in the hotel’s world-famous Balthazar cocktail bar (the first cocktail bar in the city) is based on an old Tiki cocktail known as “Navy Grog.” At Balthazar, they’ve enhanced the tropical and heady experience by replacing sparkling water with Champagne. The combination of the sweetness of the rum, fresh lime and grapefruit immediately zoom the drinker to a more exotic climate. Welcome summer with a taste of the new “Miracles” and other new concoctions – or stay with the classic Espresso Martini or Downton Abbey.


The Wilding Pine at Red’s Bar, New Zealand
As New Zealand embraces winter over the next few months, this cocktail can be enjoyed by those travellers escaping the summer heat and heading to the Southern Hemisphere. The Wilding Pine is inspired by Queenstown’s constant battle with the wilding pines that threaten to take over the native trees and bush. QT has decided to “do their share” to help keep the pines in check by utilising the ingredient in their new signature cocktail. This light and delicate sour is enhanced with the aroma of the first fires of the season – the perfect cocktail for New Zealand’s winter season.


Kubu Mojito at AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali
AYANA Resort and Spa BALI, the luxury destination resort set on its own 225-acre estate perched above Jimbaran Bay, has just launched its new Kubu Beach Club, designed exclusively for in-house guests and inspired by the classic 1960s Kuta-styled beach clubs of Bali. Located on one of the island’s last remaining hidden white sand beach coves, visitors can enjoy ocean-facing cabanas and day beds, and indulge in authentic Kuta-style massages using natural coconut oil, all while indulging on traditional Balinese dishes such as snapper ceviche and satays, and vintage Balinese Tiki cocktails such as the Kubu Mojito, a perfect staple for summer, featuring white rum, kaffir leaf, lemongrass, brown sugar and fresh lime over crushed ice.

Kubu Beach Club


Orchard Cocktail at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, tucked away in an intimate Andean village with 12-acres of exquisite natural beauty and home to the world’s largest native orchid collection. Located at the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain, near the Machu Picchu Pueblo railroad station, this welcoming retreat offers travelers an authentic experience in an atmosphere of refinement and thoughtful hospitality. This is a place to relax while exploring nature and encountering the wonders of the Inca civilization. After exploring the Historic Sanctuary and in-house excursions, guests can unwind with a Tea Orchard cocktail, and can be a part of the process too.  The Tea Orchard cocktail features passion fruit, cassis cream, pisco and tea from the organic tea plantation – which guests can make during the Tea excursion.


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