Summer Cocktails: Thyme Silver Fizz

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



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!

Erfrischender Sommergenuss in der Capella Bar

Sommer ist die beste Jahreszeit wenn ihr mich fragt. Es gibt so viele Dinge zu Erleben in Düsseldorf wenn die Sonne scheint und ich liebe es draußen zu sein und verschiedenste Aktivitäten zu genießen. Wisst ihr was das Beste am Sommer ist? Die Abende! Es ist noch bis spät warm draußen und man kann lange mit Freunden im Garten sitzen grillen, spiele spielen und natürlich Sommercocktails genießen.

Wie ihr vermutlich schon wisst, ist unser Bar Team im Breidenbacher Hof berühmt für seine ausgefallenen und leckeren Cocktailkreationen. Natürlich kreieren sie auch für jede Jahreszeit spezielle Drinks. Gestern habe ich ihre neuste Kreation für den kommenden Sommer probiert: Den Thymian Silver Fizz. Glaubt mir, es ist der perfekte Start in einen wundervollen Grill-Abend mit Freunden. Er ist erfrischend, ein wenig fruchtig und wegen des Thymians bekommt er einem mediterranen Flair und erinnert mich an Urlaub! Ihr versteht am besten wovon ich rede, wenn ihr den Cocktail einmal selber ausprobiert. Ich habe also unseren Assistant Bar Manager Philipp nach dem Rezept gefragt, um mit Euch den leckeren Geschmack und die Träume von Urlaub zu teilen:

summer cocktails

Thymian Silver Fizz

5 cl Botanist Gin

2 cl Zitronensaft

2 cl Läuterzucker

Soda zum auffüllen


1 Thymianzweig



Nehmt einen Cocktail Shaker und füllt diesen mit den Eiswürfeln. Dann, nacheinander den Gin, Zitronensaft und Läuterzucker zufügen und im Shaker kräftig mixen. Wenn ihr fertig seid, könnt ihr den Drink durch ein Sieb in ein schönes Glas füllen und mit Soda auffüllen. Zuletzt mit dem Thymianzweig garnieren – und voilà!

In unserer Capella Bar wird der Drink mit etwas Thymiansalz serviert, was dem Cocktail eine besondere Note verleiht. Es kommt darauf an, was ihr lieber mögt, aber egal ob mit oder ohne Salz, es ist definitiv schon jetzt mein neuer Lieblings-Cocktail und ich bin sicher es wird auch Eurer sein.

Genießt das Shaken und die wunderbare Erfrischung die darauf folgt!


Take A Swing At Golf In Ixtapa

Ixtapa is famous for our beautiful beaches, tropical nature, exquisite food, wildlife adventures and sports.  But besides this list, you may be surprised to discover golf in Ixtapa as well!  If you like golf, or would like to give it a try, I invite you to do so in Ixtapa.  With the ocean and tropical nature as a backdrop, I can promise you an unforgettable experience on each of two 18-hole golf courses in Ixtapa.

Golf In Ixtapa

The Palma Real Golf Course

The Palma Real Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1977 on the grounds of a former coconut plantation along the Pacific shoreline and Ixtapa Bay.  With the Sierra Madre mountains as a picturesque backdrop, the par 72, 6,898-yard course doubles as a wildlife preserve, filled with native birds like macaws and parrots and sprinkled with fruit-bearing trees and tropical flowers.  Palma Real Golf Course is a challenging semi-undulating course.  I love visiting it not just for golf, but to admire nature as well!

The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club

The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club is a waterfront course that houses a putting green and driving range.  It was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert von Hagge, and opened in 1994 as part of the modern Marina Ixtapa development.  It is ranked by Golf Digest as one of Mexico’s best courses.

This par 72, 6793-yard course is full of water inlets, bridges and dunes, where water comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes!  The par 5 18th hole is known as El Hoyo del Diablo (the Devil’s Hole) for its narrow, bunker-filled green right along the waterfront.  After the game of golf we love to stay at the Golf Club for a nice meal.

If you are tempted to give golf in Ixtapa a try, don’t miss Capella Ixtapa’s Play & Stay package, where we offer two complimentary rounds of golf for two, while enjoying three nights in a luxurious oceanfront suite.  More information and bookings:

Prueba Tu Swing En El Golf De Ixtapa

Ixtapa s famoso por sus hermosas playas, vegetación tropical, exquisita comida, turismo de aventura y sus torneos deportivos. Además de los deportes acuáticos, también tenemos una larga tradición de Golf! Si te gusta el golf, o te gustaría practicarlo, te invito a hacerlo en Ixtapa. Con el océano y la naturaleza tropical de telón, en cualquiera de los dos campos de 18 hoyos tendrás una experiencia inolvidable.

Golf In Ixtapa

El Campo de Golf en Palma Real

Este campo de golf fue diseñado por Robert Trent Jones y abierto en 1877 en donde anteriormente era un platanar a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico y la Bahía de Ixtapa. Con las montañas de la Sierra Madre como telón, el par 72, y con 6,898 yardas, funciona al mismo tiempo como reserva natural, lleno de aves locales como los pericos y guacamayas y salpicado por arboles frutales y flores tropicales. El Campo de Golf Palma Real es un campo bastante competitivo y de formas ondulantes. A mí me encanta visitarlo no sólo por el golf , sino para admirar su belleza natural también!

Club de Golf de Marina Ixtapa

El Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa es un campo frente al mar que contiene un “putting range” y un “driving range”. Fue diseñador por el prestigioso arquitecto de paisaje y de campos de golf Robert von Hagge, y abierto en 1994 como parte de el moderno desarrollo de Marina Ixtapa. Está catalogado como uno de los mejores campos de México por la revista Golf Digest.

Es un campo par 72, con 6793 yardas, lleno de lagos, puentes y dunas, donde el agua llega a tener un papel fundamental en 13 de los 18 hoyos! El hoyo 18, par 5, es conocido como “El Hoyo del Diablo” ya que es angosto, y con un green en depresión frente al océano. Después de un buen juego de golf nos encanta quedarnos en el club para recargar con una buena comida o cena.

Si quieres practicar el Golf en Ixtapa, no te pierdas los paquetes de “Play & Stay” de Capella Ixtapa, donde ofrecemos 2 rondas de cortesía para dos personas, mientras disfrutas de tres noches en una de nuestras lujosas suites frente al mar. Para más información y reservas:  

Düsseldorf’s Fun Fair: Rheinkirmes

Previously I wrote about Carnival celebrations here in Düsseldorf, but that is not the only community-wide celebration that we have.  Every July we have a fantastic Fun Fair, also known as the Rheinkirmes!

The Fun Fair is another one of the region’s deep-seated traditions that I have to share with you.  In Germany, and especially in the Federal District of North-Rhine Westphalia where Düsseldorf is located, have a history of shooting clubs. These clubs are rich with history (dating back several hundreds of years), one being the annual celebration of the club and its champion marksman.  Since the early 19th century, the clubs have incorporated a fun fair into this celebration, thus including the region as a whole.  In Düsseldorf the St. Sebastianus Shooting Club puts on this event, which draws more than 4 million visitors every year, making it Düsseldorf’s most popular summer event.

For me, this festivity is not just great fun because of the fair activities, but also because of the mix between the traditional parades and events that take place during the week.   And, as with any German event, there are several delicious treats to be eaten!  The big highlight is the spectacular fireworks show on the final Friday.  Already my friends and I are making plans to watch.  Düsseldorf’s Fun Fair is truly the can’t-miss event of the summer!

Summer In Ixtapa

Have you seen the amazing “The Shawshank Redemption“ with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman?  In the movie the leading characters framed Ixtapa as the perfect getaway: a warm place where they can leave behind all their unhappy memories.  I can guarantee you, the movie doesn’t lie, Ixtapa truly is a dreamy place for relaxation, and one of the most sought after destinations for all seeking to escape the daily routine and modern life stress.

Our eternal summers make Ixtapa a perfect destination to visit all year long, but summer in Ixtapa is particularly special.  The weather is warm, but not brutal, and the tropical rains and showers from our rainy season usually happen after sunset or during the night, refreshing the whole ambiance and making it perfect to enjoy the evening.  Due to the tropical weather, the surrounding fields and mountains are filled with bright green colors, blooming trees and multicolor vegetation.

During the summer days I recommend lounging at the pools, be it one of the infinity pools at the resort, or your private plunge pool in your hotel room.  I also love to stroll through the town and market.  Of course there is plenty to do nearby as well, from a visit to the nearby fishing village Barra de Potosí, or exploring the historic streets of Petatlan, a picturesque town with gold market and an outstanding church.   

Rainy evenings at Capella Ixtapa are perfect for becoming a tequila connoisseur during a tequila tastings with our Sommelier Antonio Ochoa.  You can also learn to make our signature margaritas or learn to cook your favorite Mexican dish.  My ultimate favorite for a rainy evening is a visit to the spa!  I could easily fall asleep on the table listening to the relaxing sound of the rain.  But if you are feeling more active, you could even learn how to give the perfect massage with our Spa Massage Classes! 

There really is so much to do during the summer in Ixtapa and especially at Capella Ixtapa. To find out more about upcoming events and activities follow me on Twitter @CapellaIxtapa or like us on