Fresh Summer Cocktail: Spicy Katrina

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Warm summer days call for lazy days in the shade, or at the beach, light food, and a fresh summer cocktail. Our Capella Ixtapa mixologist Miguel understands this.  He has made me fall in love with all tequila cocktails, especially margaritas in any flavor, and recently introduced me to cocktails with mezcal, tequila’s smoky brother.  Needless to say, these have become some of my new favorites!  At our recent culinary event Sabor y Vino, our friends at a local Mezcaleria La Katrina have created a special drink, Spicy Katrina.  Many of you have asked for its recipe on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels, and I am very pleased I can share it with you today!

Spicy Katrina Mezcal Cocktail

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Mezcal Katrina Blanco
1.5 oz Grapefruit juice
¼ chopped Jalapeño
¾ oz natural syrup

Preparation:
Macerate Jalapeño pepper with grapefruit juice.
Mix it in a shaker with mezcal and syrup.
Serve it on the rocks in an old fashion glass.

I hope you enjoy this fresh summer cocktail as much as I do!  And please don’t hesitate to let me know what other Capella Ixtapa recipes you’d like to learn.  I am always happy to share!  Salud!

Eating Well: Healthy Tips For Summer Travel

Steven Fowler - Director of Food & Beverage DC

Longer days, children buzzing about outdoors, and warmer weather can only mean one thing – summer has finally arrived!  My family summer vacations always included fun road-trips, action-packed plans, and a ton of laughter while creating memories that I continue to cherish until today.

Often a key component of our traveling was the dining.  My parents always attempted to find a balance between summer indulgence and making sure we stayed healthy and well nourished.  Today, this is still a priority for me, as I love to take part in local flavors, but not at the expense of taking care of my body.  Taking this into consideration, I thought it the perfect opportunity to sit down with the Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown culinary team to find out what they recommend for maintaining a healthy, but enjoyable, lifestyle during summer travel.

Healthy Tips For Summer Travel:

Chef Frank Ruta - DC

“Always ask the locals and those around you, even your waiters while dining out what the healthiest options are on the menu or local spots to try.  Insider tips are always helpful and they know what they’re talking about!”   ~Executive Chef, Frank Ruta

Chef Aggie - Pastry Chef DC

“Remember it’s a vacation!  It’s a time to enjoy everything that’s going on with the activities and with your family and friends surrounding you. Enjoy the food and desserts and have a great time.” ~Pastry Chef, Aggie Chin

Steven Fowler - Director of Food & Beverage DC

 “Sitting in a cramped position for long periods, whether in an airplane, car, or bus, can lead to an increased risk of potentially health related issues.  To minimize risk, drink plenty of water and stay active to allow the blood to flow.  Always carry around with you bottles of water and try to drink plenty of fluids to prevent from becoming dehydrated.” ~Food & Beverage Director, Steve Fowler

Kelly S - Catering Sales Manager DC

“The first thing I do when I travel is to search for the local markets and grocery stores to stock up on fresh veggies, fruits, and snacks.  Sourcing our breakfast meals from fresh local markets was a great way to save some extra cash and getting in touch with how the community in that particular destination lived.  You can ask for a complimentary mini-fridge to be sent to your hotel room to store these items as well.” ~Catering Sales Manager, Kelly Schneider

I hope these tips will come in handy for healthy and delicious summer of traveling!  Please tag @CapellaDC on social media and share your own healthy/delicious summer traveling tips so that I can share them with our community.  Have a great summer!

Summer Cocktails: Thyme Silver Fizz

summer cocktails

Summer is the best season if you ask me. There are so many things to experience in Dusseldorf when the sun is shining and I really love being outside and enjoying action.  Do you know what the best part is?  The evening!  It is still warm and you can sit outside with some friends barbecuing, playing games and, of course, enjoying summer cocktails.

As you may already know, our bar team at the Breidenbacher Hof is famous for its extraordinary and delicious cocktail creations.  Of course, they also create special drinks for every season.  Yesterday, I tried their latest creation for summer: the Thyme Silver Fizz.  Believe me, it is the perfect start into a wonderful barbecue night with friends.  It is refreshing, a bit fruity and because of the thyme, it has a Mediterranean flair and reminds me of being on vacation!  You will know what I mean, when you try it for yourself.  So I asked our Assistant Bar Manager Philipp for the recipe to share the good taste and vacation dreams with you:

summer  cocktailsThyme Silver Fizz

5 cl Botanist Gin

2 cl lemon juice

2 cl sugar syrup

Soda to fill up

Ice cubes

1 sprig of thyme

 

Preparation

Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice cubes. Then, one after another measure the Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup and mix everything in the shaker. When you are done, fill the drink into a nice glass through a sieve and fill it up with the soda. Use the sprig of thyme for garnish – and voilà!

At our Capella Bar, the drink is served with thyme salt, which gives the cocktail a special touch. It depends on what you prefer, but whether with or without the salt it is definitely my new favorite cocktail and I am sure it will be yours too.

 

Enjoy shaking and the great refreshment afterwards!

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

Margarita making classes are one of our guest’s favorite activities.  They are practical, fun and Miguel Tafoya, our Mixologist, is a great teacher.  Not only does he teach you the basics of preparing a classic margarita, but he then helps you to create your own personalized version!  You will learn the history of a margarita and some of Miguel’s secrets in making this popular drink.  I always suggest this class to friends who are visiting because it is a great way to build a memory of your time at Capella Ixtapa— especially when you get home and make your signature margaritas for friends!

This season Miguel has prepared several new fall cocktails, and he offered to share not one, but two of them with us!  One is made with tequila, and the other with mezcal, a spirit made of maguey plant (a form of agave), which is gaining popularity in Mexico.

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

MARGARITA PATRIA

Ingredients:
1 ½ oz. Tequila Centenario Reposado
½  oz. Chartreuse liqueur
½  oz. Controy (you can substitute it with triple sec, orange curaçao or Cointreau)
2 oz. Tuna fruit juice  (this is the fruit of the cacti -see the photo above)
½ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Agave nectar
2 Mint leaves

Preparation:
Pour all tequila, Chartreuse, Controy, tuna fruit juice, lemon juice and agave nectar in a pint glass, add ice and use a shaker to combine.  Serve the content in a rocks glass, rimmed with granulated salt.  Garnish with mint.

 

ADELITA COCKTAIL

Ingredients:
1 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 oz. Grapefruit juice
15 g. Pomegranate seeds
1 Maraschino Cherry for garnish
½ tablespoon of Agave nectar

Preparation:
Marinade pomegranate seeds with mezcal.  Add grapefruit juice and X-Rated Fusion Liqueur to a pint glass to combine.  Serve in a champagne glass.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Salud!

On your next visit to Capella Ixtapa, I invite you to try our new cocktails at the Terrace Bar, or join a margarita making class with our mixologist Miguel and create your own!   A visit to the Terrace Bar and margarita making classes are available also to Ixtapa locals and visitors with prior reservation.  For more information and reservation please contact us at 01.755.555.11.00, or send an email to the Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistants pa.ixtapa@capellahotels.com.

Discover German Spirits @ Capella Bar: Smoked Wood Cocktail

Smoked Wood Cocktail

In Germany the weather is cooling.  Autumn has just arrived.  I love this season and can’t wait to get out my wooly hats and to start wearing scarves.  I also know it is fall when I start to crave soul warming beverages.  Philipp, one of Breidenbacher Hof’s amazing bartenders, recommended a new cocktail that he promised would do the trick.  This cocktail is part of our new promotion “Discover German Spirits @ Capella Bar,” in which cocktails represented of Germany have been created.  The cocktail I tried is called “Smoked Wood” and is inspired by the Black Forest.  It really does remind me of the Black Forest and left me with a warm and cozy feeling.  I decided it was the perfect introduction to the season and had to share the recipe with you.

Smoked Wood Cocktail

Smoked Wood

Ingredients:
3cl Monkey 47 Gin
1cl Arderg 10
2BL Plum liqueur
2cl Roses Lime Juice
4 Drops of chocolate Bitters

Preparation:
The preparation is simple.  Just add the ingredients to a pint glass and stir.  Taste for flavor balance and once satisfied, transfer to the serving glass of your choice. Easy!

The Monkey 47 Gin has a very unique flavor profile and even tastes a bit like fir needles.  At the Capella Bar the cocktail is paired with a bacon canapé— together you truly feel transported to the Black Forest!   If you are in Dusseldorf I definitely recommend stopping in to try the combination.  In fact, follow @CapellaBBH on Twitter for a chance to win a complimentary cocktail as part of the #CapellaBarMonday promotion!

Smoked Wood Cocktail Bei Capella Bar

Smoked Wood Cocktail

In Deutschland wird das Wetter langsam kälter. Der Herbst ist da! Ich liebe diese Jahreszeit und kann es kaum erwarten meine Wollmützen rauszuholen und wieder Schals zu tragen. Ich merke immer, dass Herbst ist, wenn ich mich nach Getränken sehne, bei denen mir warm ums Herz wird. Philipp, einer der Barkeeper bei uns im Breidenbacher Hof, hat mir einen neuen Cocktail empfohlen, der mir genau das gewünschte Ergebnis verspricht. Diese Cocktailempfehlung ist Teil unserer neuen Reihe „Discover German Spirits @ Capella Bar“, innerhalb welcher unser Team Cocktails kreiert hat, die Deutschland repräsentieren. Mein neuer Lieblingscocktail ist der „Smoked Wood“ und Inspirationsquelle war der Schwarzwald. Er erinnert mich wirklich an den Schwarzwald und hinterlässt ein angenehmes warmes Gefühl. Wenn ihr mich fragt, ist dies der perfekte Start in die neue Jahreszeit und deshalb habe ich auch beschlossen, das Rezept mit Euch zu teilen.

Smoked Wood Cocktail

Smoked Wood

Zutaten:
3cl Monkey 47 Gin
1cl Arderg 10
2BL Pflaumenlikör
2cl Roses Lime Juice
4 Tropfen Schokoladenbitter

Zubereitung:
Die Zubereitung ist ganz einfach: Fügt alle Zutaten zusammen in ein Rührglas und verrührt sie gründlich. Probiert, ob das Verhältnis der Zutaten Eurem Geschmack entspricht und gebt alles in ein Glas Eurer Wahl. Das wars!

Der Monkey 47 Gin hat einen sehr individuellen und einzigartigen Geschmack und schmeckt sogar ein wenig nach Tannennadeln. In der Capella Bar servieren wir den „Smoked Wood“ mit einem Schinken-Canapé – zusammen ergibt dies einen wunderbaren Geschmack und man fühlt sich in den Schwarzwald versetzt! Solltet ihr mal in Düsseldorf sein, empfehle ich Euch die Kombination einmal zu probieren. Folgt doch @CapellaBBH auf Twitter, dort habt ihr jeden Montag die Chance einen kostenfreien Cocktail im Rahmen unserer #CapellaBarMonday Aktion zu erhaschen. Momentan bekommt ihr mit etwas Glück den „Smoked Wood“!