Transporting people across states, time zones, countries and continents to some of their beloved social hangouts, these recipes are the perfect way to celebrate this Easter weekend from afar, enjoying a moment of lighthearted peace with a drink in hand while connecting digitally with loved ones.
From London to Miami and New York to Charleston, these cocktail recipes will have you visiting your favorite hotel bars straight from your living room. Dress up, video chat your friends and sip the night away with these delectable concoctions…
Wild Carrot Cocktail – Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
A breathtaking historic estate hidden in the verdant English countryside, the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is an imperial affair. The 500-acre estate gives guests the perfect opportunity to escape the stressful city life, and decompress in the open air. Take a horse ride along the rolling hills, stroll through the lush English gardens or unwind at the spa before retreating to your stately bedroom in the restored, 18th-century manor. Family-friendly and dog-friendly, this heritage-filled venue is a fun-filled adventure for everyone.
The hotel’s Wild Carrot restaurant and bar pays homage to the Hampshire countryside. Named after the graceful white wildflower that characterizes the fields of Dogmersfield Park, the restaurant focuses on serving nutritious cuisine made using seasonal, natural, locally sourced ingredients from Hampshire markets and the surrounds. At the bar, classic cocktails and creative concoctions are the order of the day. The menu features a charming array of drinks: the ‘At Home in the Countryside’ seasonal cocktails are artisanal creations that reflect the changing ingredients grown in the surrounding parkland, while the ‘What Went Before…’ creations take inspiration from the estate’s intriguing history. The Wild Carrot Cocktail is one of the bar’s signatures.
- 50ml Wild Carrot Gin (or alternative gin)
- 40ml pomegranate juice
- 40ml pineapple juice
- 10ml tonic syrup
- 15ml lime juice
- Dry shake and hard shake the ingredients.
- Serve in a martini glass.
- garnish with a lemon twist and Peychaud Bitters.
Tiramisù Cocktail – Four Seasons Hotel Milano
This endlessly elegant Milanese hotel nestled in the city’s most stylish neighborhood immerses guests in true Italian flair. The hotel is a haven in Milan’s Fashion District, occupying a 15th-century convent which has been transformed into a sophisticated garden retreat. High-ceilings, expansive verandas and the ever-wafting smell of Italian cuisine are the hallmarks of this hotel, which also boasts a splendid Spa.
At Il Foyer, live piano music invigorates the space while the crackling fireplace brings warmth, making guests feel right at home. The foyer bar is open throughout the day and serves all sorts of delights, from early morning espressos to afternoon teas, pre-dinner cocktails and late-night tipples. Bar & Lobby Manager Luca Angeli shares one of his much loved creations, the Tiramisù Cocktail, which serves as the perfect opportunity to drink your dessert.
- 3 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream
- 2cl liquid cream
- 2cl espresso coffee
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- Blend everything with 2 ice cubes.
- Pour into a chilled cocktail class.
- Dust with bitter cocoa for decoration.
Faena Spritz – Faena Hotel Miami Beach
The talk of the town, Faena Hotel Miami Beach quickly became one of the sun-kissed city’s most loved spots after its opening in 2016. Infused with South America’s sultry spirit, this magnetic hotel and its The Living Room bar dazzle guests with its charm. A beguiling destination designed by visionary Argentine developer Alan Faena, this hotel merges the best of design, hospitality and culture.
Enveloped in warm red and gold hues, complemented by animal print motifs and a spectacular chandelier – a spell-binding work of art by Alberto Garutti that was commissioned for the hotel – The Living Room invites visitors to savor in the ideal blend if imaginative cocktails paired with bites ranging from croquets to empanadas. The Faena Spritz, a flavor-filled and refreshing cocktail with a Faena twist, is the perfect way to capture the hotel’s fiery essence from the comfort of your own living room, where visions of Faena Hotel Miami Beach, its pristine beaches and iconic gilded mammoth by Damien Hirst are just one sip away.
- 1 oz hibiscus syrup
- ¾ oz Aperol
- ¾ oz Absolut Elyx
- 1 oz Soda water
- 3 oz Perrier Jouet ‘Grand Brut’
- Combine hibiscus syrup with Aperol and Absolut Elyx in a glass.
- Top up with soda water and Perrier Jouet ‘Grand Brut’.
- Spray with rose water and add a rose bud to garnish.
Panic Button – The Dewberry Charleston
The James Beard-nominated, award-winning The Living Room bar at the luxury Dewberry Charleston hotel in South Carolina brings together the gracious hospitality and effortless style of a true Charleston living room with a contemporary edge. Adorned with glamorous mid-century furnishings, a thoughtfully curated reading library and an awe-inspiring brass bar, the Living Room is a warm and welcoming venue for every occasion, from a morning coffee to afternoon cocktails or a relaxing night cap. Every detail in the bar reflects The Dewberry’s rich history, from the carefully picked artworks that line the walls right down to the wooden bowls hand-crafted by local artist Hugh Jeffers from the knots of a 150-year-old white oak tree that once stood nearby.
On the brass bar menu, the Panic Button cocktail is a smooth and rich whiskey-forward creation balanced with a bittersweet cherry finish.
- 1.5 oz Bourbon
- 0.75 oz Averna
- 0.5 oz Campari
- 0.5 oz Cherry Heering
- 0.25 oz lemon juice
- lemon zest
- Shake and strain liquid ingredients into a coupe with a block of ice.
- Zest a lemon over the top and discard the peel.
The Henry Hall – Gleneagles, Scotland
One of Scotland’s most upmarket hotels, Gleneagles takes luxury to new heights. This grandiose countryside estate first opened its doors in 1924, and has been described as a “riviera in the Highlands”. Almost a century old now, this Leading Hotels of the World member continues to offer an unrivalled array of out-of-the-city attractions to its guests, including deluxe accommodation, three championship golf courses, a lauded spa, falconry, fishing, archery and award-winning dining at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, the only Scottish restaurant to hold two Michelin stars.
The hotel’s The American Bar brings the effortless elegance and glamour of the classic 1920s and 30s bars to the modern age. Complemented by a sublime caviar selection, the bar’s cocktail menu is an homage to the tantalizing tipples of the 20th century. The Henry Hall – which is a loose twist on the well-known Prohibition Era cocktail the Bees Knees – was created as the Gleneagles’ signature cocktail. Named after the English bandleader who performed regularly on the BBC radio during the 20s and 30s, Henry Hall laid his mark on the hotel when he persuaded the BBC to broadcast opening night at the Gleneagles Hotel in June 1924.
- 50ml Eden Mill original gin
- 12.5ml ginger honey syrup
- 25ml lime juice
- 20ml egg white
- Add all ingredients to shaker (note: shake without ice for better foam result).
- Add ice and shake again.
- Double strain into a rocks glass.
- Serve over ice.
- Optional: Garnish with home-made honeycomb.
The Connaught Martini – The Connaught
Another Mayfair masterpiece hotel, The Connaught delights guests with its unparalleled refinement. Renowned for its first-rate service, the hotel allows guests to revel in life’s finest pleasures with butlers taking care of every need, from booking Michelin-starred dining experiences and relaxing spa treatments, to ensuring transport plans and in-room comforts are sorted.
The world-class, multi-award-winning Connaught Bar opened its doors in 2009 with Ago Perrone at the helm. Revered for its outstanding cocktail menu, the hotel has succeeded in its mission to create one of the world’s best cocktail bars. The sleek, ultra-stylish space hums with activity, where conversation flows over sparkling glasses and candlelit tables while Ago and his talented team conjure up the perfect blend of inventive libations and time-honored classics, including the legendary Connaught Martini – a fan-favorite on the menu.
- 75 ml gin or vodka
- 15 ml dry vermouth
- 3 drops bitters of your choice – e.g. bergamot and ginseng, cardamom, grapefruit, lavender or vanilla
- In a mixing glass, stir the vermouth and spirit over ice, then strain into a chilled Martini glass coated with the bitter of your choice.
- Garnish with a lemon zest or olive.
The Aviation – Claridge’s, London
Iconic 5-star hotel in Mayfair, Claridge’s has been the epitome of British luxury since its opening in the 1850s. Steeped in timeless elegance, this art-deco London landmark has always excelled at the finer things in life. From glamorous design to impeccable service and the best in dining and mixology. Tucked away in the hotel’s sumptuous interior is The Fumoir Bar – an intimate, glamour-filled space that transports guests back to the glitzy 1920s.
Designed by acclaimed artist, architect and designer Thierry Despont, The Fumoir oozes with beaux-arts grandeur, with rich red velvet-lined seating, Lalique crystal-encrusted panels and William Klein portrait-peppered walls. At the center, a curve of black marble is where the mixologists make the magic happen.
Denis Broci is the mind behind the Claridge’s cocktail program, and The Aviation is one of his prized creations, along with classics such as the Hanky Panky, Manhattan and Negroni. All infused with a Denis-twist, the Claridge’s cocktails invite imbibers to enjoy a piece of the beloved hotel, brimming with the glory of the past, present and future.
Featured in the pages of Cecil Beaton’s Cocktail Book, which showcases a delightful array of recipes inspired by the decadent drinks of his youth and the fabulous celebrities he photographed, the Aviation takes its drinkers back to the dazzling gatherings of Cecil Beaton’s era. A blue-hued bombshell, The Aviation will whisk those who enjoy it high into the blue sky.
- 1 2/3 oz Plymouth Gin
- 1/6 oz crème de violette
- 1/6 oz maraschino
- 2/3 oz lemon juice
- 1/6 oz sugar syrup
- Shake the ingredients and then pass them through a fine and fine strainer into a frozen martini glass.
- Garnish with a cherry.
Red Snapper – The St. Regis New York
The St. Regis New York is as exclusive as it gets. With an enviable address in the heart of Manhattan, nestled on the the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, this ultra-luxe hotel was originally founded by John Jacob Astor over a century ago. The hotel is home to the celebrated King Cole Bar, which is often considered Manhattan’s most storied meeting place. Guests and visitors find joy socializing and savoring delicious drinks under the watchful eye of Maxfield Parrish’s famed Old King Cole Mural, which has been present for many historic events, including the creation of the Bloody Mary cocktail.
It was at The St. Regis New York’s stately King Cole Bar that prominent bartender Fernand Petiot perfected the recipe for the Bloody Mary in 1934. Rechristened the Red Snapper, this time-tested creation remains the King Cole Bar’s signature drink to this day.
- 1 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. tomato juice
- 1 dash lemon juice
- 2 dashes celery salt
- 2 dashes black pepper
- 2 dashes cayenne pepper
- 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
- Strain over ice cubes into a glass of your choice.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Recipes and images courtesy of their respective hotels.