Capella Washington D.C.’s Gin Cobbler Cocktail

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Nothing says “summer!” like a refreshing iced cocktail on a warm day. Here at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, our bartenders at The Rye Bar and our Rooftop Bar and Lounge are especially known for their delicious and creative creations. In my opinion, you can do no wrong when it comes to ice cold beverages during the summer, but I wanted to try something unique and different than what I typically make at home.  I knew just the person in The Rye Bar to go to for an easy and fun recipe.

Bartender Andrew always knows just what to suggest and this time he didn’t hesitate in offering a Gin Cobbler Cocktail.  As soon as I tried it, I knew I wanted to serve it at my summer cookout.  Fortunately, our bartenders love to share and I can now pass the delicious recipe along to you.

Gin Cobbler Cocktail

Ingredients:
1½ ounces Gin (The Rye Bar uses London Dry)
½ ounce Orange Curacao (The Rye Bar uses Pure Ferrand)
¼ ounces Simple Syrup
½ Wheel slice of an orange
½ Wheel slice of a lemon
Crushed Ice

Ingredients - Gin Cobbler

Directions:

1. Combine all liquors in a julep cup.

pouring cocktail

2. Lightly muddle the orange and lemon wheel slices together.

Andrew - Muddle

3. Pour mixture over the muddled fruit.

Andrew - Gin Cobbler finished cocktail

4. Fill glass with crushed ice and garnish with mint, berries, and an orange wheel slice.

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Et Voila! Now you have a refreshing Gin Cobbler Cocktail, perfect for any summertime occasion! If you want to visit Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, I’ll be sure to save you one of these while we are relaxing and soaking up the Georgetown city views from our gorgeous Rooftop Bar and Lounge! Otherwise, give our recipe a try at home and share your version with us on social media @CapellaDC so I can share them with our community! Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!

Floral Arrangement With Harijanto Setiawan

Arranging Flowers With Harijanto Setiawan

One of my favourite aspects of Capella Singapore’s extended-stay residence, The Club, is the monthly recreational workshops.  Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the floral arrangement workshop held by Harijanto Setiawan, Principal Florist and owner of Boenga.  Hari, as he is affectionately known, is the talent and creative genius behind the magical setups at many of the events at Capella Singapore.

Floral Arrangement With Harijanto Setiawan

As he demonstrated how to weave the plants to create a floral masterpiece, Hari gave the residents seven useful tips on how to prolong the life of fresh cut flowers:

1.  Before getting started, clean your vase thoroughly with warm water and dish soap. Use white vinegar or bleach to wipe the insides.

2. Add a teaspoon or two of sugar and bleach into your vase before adding water.  Make sure the water is room temperature. The sugar’s carbohydrates will help to feed the stems, while the bleach helps to keep the water bacteria-free.

3. Remove any foliage from the stem to avoid submerging any leaves in the water. Leaves in the water will break down and cause bacteria to form.

4. Trim the end of each stem at a 45-degree angle and submerge immediately in water.

5. Do not include too many flowers in the vase. Overcrowded stems will wilt more quickly and release more bacteria into the water.

6. Keep your floral arrangements out of direct sunlight if possible. Always pluck out any wilted stems to keep the rest of the flowers looking fresh.

7. Change the water in your bouquet and give the stems a fresh angled cut at least every other day.

With regards to creating the perfect floral arrangement, Hari likes to practice the “Less is more” concept.  He explained, “There is no wrong or right way of creating your own floral masterpiece. The most important thing is that you need to feel good when you look at it.”

I really enjoyed the class and will be sure to include the advice when I buy flowers for my own home.  The class was so fantastic, that I am looking forward to the next course offered at The Club.

How To Make A Pinata

Pinata Fest

In Mexico, pinatas are a central part of every celebration.  They are especially popular during Las Posadas, the traditional processions, which take place during the nine days before Christmas.

Here at Capella Ixtapa, a pinata making class is being offered to guests interested in learning about this Mexican tradition.  But for those of you unable to attend, I have put together the instructions for you.

Pinata Fest

Materials:
-A Clay Pot or A Balloon (traditionally in Mexico a clay pot is used)
-Newspaper
-2 Bowls
-Flour
-Glue
-Colored Tissue Paper
-Rope
-Masking Tape
-Cardboards
-Candies (or other small items to fill the piñata)

Directions:
1. Take one bowl and fill it up with flour.  Add water until you create a smooth paste (tip: the final paste should have the consistency of the pancake batter).  Use the second bowl as your base to hold the pot or balloon.

2. Cut the rest of the newspaper into 2-3 inch wide strips.  Start dipping one paper strip after the other into the bowl of flour paste and placing it tightly over the balloon or clay pot.  Cover the entire balloon at least three times over to make a sturdy pinata base (if you are using a clay pot as a base, cover the pot with ten layers of paper – when pinata brakes these layers will hold the pot shards and protect them from flying around).  Allow the base to dry over night checking to make sure that the bowl doesn’t adhere to the piñata base.

3. Next, use a box cutter to cut a small hole at the top right and top left side of the dried pinata.  Cut a softball-sized hole in the top of the pinata— don’t throw the cut out section away, you will need it later!  Pull the balloon out from the inside.

4. Stick the rope into the small hole you made on the top right side of the pinata.  With the help of the bigger hole, guide the rope out the small upper-left hole.  You’ll use this rope to hang the pinata.  Cover and reinforce the small holes with masking tape.  These holes will bear a lot of weight when the pinata is hanging, so they need to be sturdy.  Fill the pinata with all the goodies.  Tape the softball-sized cutout section back onto the pinata.

5. The most traditional style pinata has seven cones in a star shape.  To create the cones  (or any other shape!) fold and glue cardboard to the pinata form.  Your pinata is now ready to be decorated!

6. Take your tissue paper and cut it in three-inch strips.  Glue the paper strips on the pinata.  You can for example have a colorful ‘body’ of the pinata, and then make each cone its own color.

 

Have a wonderful Christmas celebration! If you make your own piñata, please don’t forget to share it with me on Twitter or Facebook.

And if you are able to join us at Capella Ixtapa for the holidays, then be sure to contact your Personal Assistant for information and dates of our Christmas events and celebrations at pa.ixtapa@capellahotels.com!

 

Image via Flickr by Joey Parsons