Barreling The Crescent City Cocktail At The Rye Bar

The Rye Bar Photo Contest

The Rye Bar Photo Contest

November is here and there is a lot of activity going on at Capella Washington, D.C.  I had a front row seat for the much-anticipated creation of The Rye Bar’s brand new winter barrel aged cocktail, Crescent City.  This chic concoction will also be showcased for locals during DC Cocktail Week 2013 runs November 7th-17th.

Wondering how we barrel this cocktail?  Watch the process here:

The Crescent City Cocktail consists of the following:

Remy Martin VSOP

Few Rye Whiskey

Dolin Sweet Vermouth

Génépi des Alpes

House Made Apple Bitters

 

I hope you enjoyed the video!  If you like what you see, be sure to sign up for The Rye Bar photo contest where you can enter to win your very own miniature barrel aged Crescent City cocktail for your pleasure when visiting with your friends and family.

We all know The Rye Bar is superbly stylish, but the guests and signature cocktails are really what make it beautiful!  Your challenge:  Style an outfit that you would be proud to rock to The Rye Bar at Capella Washington DC.  Once you’ve put on your ultimate ensemble and ordered your Crescent City Cocktail, take a photo and submit it by clicking here.  You can submit as many photos as you like by the submission end date.  Then you and everyone else can vote for your favorite entries, and from those we’ll pick one winner!

I can’t wait to see your photos!  Be sure to use the hashtag #TheRyeBar and #DCCocktailWeek when you arrive!

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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.

Cocteles De Otoño En Capella Ixtapa

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

Una de las actividades favoritas de nuestros huéspedes es la clase de preparación de Margaritas. Son divertidas, prácticas y Miguel Tafoya, nuestro Mixólogo, es sin duda un gran profesor. No sólo te enseña los básicos para preparar una Margarita clásica, sino que también te ayuda a liberar tu creatividad y crear ¡tu propia versión! Aprenderás también la historia de la Margarita y algunos de los secretos de Miguel para crear esta bebida tan famosa. Siempre le sugiero esta clase a mis amigos que visitan el resort ya que es una gran manera de tener un excelente recuerdo de tu estancia en Capella Ixtapa – especialmente cuando vuelves a casa y puedes preparar tu propia versión de la Margarita ¡para tus amigos!

Para esta temporada de otoño Miguel nos tiene preparados muchos cocteles nuevos, y nos ha compartido no sólo una, sino ¡dos de sus recetas! Una se prepara con tequila y la otra con mezcal, el cual cada vez es más popular en México.

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

MARGARITA PATRIA

Ingredientes:
1 ½ oz. Tequila Centenario Reposado
½  oz. Licor Chartreuse
½  oz. Controy
2 oz. Jugo de tuna
½ oz. Jugo de limón
¾ oz. Néctar de Agave
2 Hojas de menta

Preparación:
Servir el Tequila, Chartreuse, Controy, jugo de tuna, jugo de limón y el néctar en un vaso de pinta, agrega hielo y utiliza un mezclador para combinarlos. Sirve el contenido en un vaso en las rocas, con escarcha de sal granulada. Decorar con la menta.

COCTEL ADELITA

Ingredientes:
1  oz. Mezcal
1 oz. Licor Fusión X-Rated
1 oz. Jugo de Toronja
15 g. Semillas de granada
1 Cereza para decoración
½ cucharadita de néctar de agave

Preparación:
Marinar la granada con el mezcal. Añadir el jugo de toronja y el licor fusión en un vaso de pinta para combinarlos. Servir en vaso de Champagne. Decorar con la cereza.
Salud!

En tu próxima visita a Capella Ixtapa, te invito a probar nuestros nuevos cocteles en el Bar Terraza, o puedes también tomar nuestra clase de preparación de Margaritas con nuestro Mixólogo Miguel y crear tu propia versión! Visitar el Bar Terraza, o ser parte de una clase de preparación de Margaritas está disponible también para los residentes y visitantes en Ixtapa previa reservación. Para más información y reservas por favor contáctanos al 01.755.555.11.00, o envía un correo electrónico a los Asistentes Personales de Capella Ixtapa 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!

Coconut Cocktails At Capella Ixtapa

Coconut Cocktails

Mexico is among top producers of coconut in the world, and I am grateful Ixtapa is rich with them! The abundance of coconuts means our chefs and bar staff are always finding creative ways to incorporate them.

While I love all the amazing meals and desserts our Executive Chef Alexander Branch and Pastry Chef Marcelo Vega Rios prepare throughout the coconut season, I cannot live without refreshing coconut water. It helps keep me hydrated during hot summer days, and you can enjoy them as a refreshing cocktail as well.

Coconut Cocktails

Paloma likes to prepare coconut cocktails for our guests and her favorite is the Coco Loco. I got the recipe for those of you who share my love of coconuts and have to try it for yourself!

Coco Loco
0.5 Oz. Matusalem Rum
0.5 Oz. Absolut Vodka
0.5 Oz. Tanqueray Gin
0.5 Oz. Don Julio ReposadoTequila 1.0 Oz. Lime Juice
0.5 Oz. Simple Syrup
6 Leaves Fresh Peppermint
1 Cup Ice Cubes

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. For a fun presentation, remove the top of a coconut and pour the Coco Loco in. Remember to serve your coconut cocktails with a straw!

Especial de Primavera en Capella Ixtapa: Cocos

Coconut Cocktails

México es uno de los principales productores de Coco en el mundo, y estoy agradecida de que Ixtapa tenga tantos! La abundancia de cocos hace que nuestros chefs estén siempre buscando nuevas y creativas formas de incorporarlos a nuestros platillos.

Me encantan los platillos y postres que tanto nuestro Chef Ejecutivo Alexand Branch como nuestro chef reposto Marcelo Vega Rios están preparando para esta temporada de coco, y he de decir que tampoco puedo vivir sin la refrescante agua de coco. La cual ayuda a mantenerme hidratada durante el cálido verano, y disfrutarla en deliciosos coctéles también.

Coconut Cocktails

Paloma gusta de preparar deliciosos cocteles para nuestros invitados, y su favorito es el Coco Loco. Conseguí a receta para aquellos que no pueden esperar a probarlo!

Coco Loco
0.5 Oz. Ron Matusalen
0.5 Oz. Vodka Absolut Azul
0.5 Oz. Ginebra Tanqueray
0.5 Oz. Tequila Don Julio Reposado
1.0 Oz. Jugo de limón
0.5 Oz. Jarabe dulce simple
6 Hojas frescas de hierbabuena
1 taza de hielo en cubos

Combinar los ingredientes en una coctelera, y agitar vigorosamente.
Para una presentación divertida, remueve la parte superior de un coco, y sirve el Coco Loco en el. Recuerda acompañarlo de un popote!