ur favorite hotel barkeeps know that New Year?s Eve doesn?t have to mean forgoing a proper cocktail for a flimsy little flute of Champagne. After all, it?s your last chance to party in 2012; why not keep it interesting? We rounded up a group of expert stirrers and shakers and asked them what they?ll be mixing up on New Year?s Eve.
The St. Hillaire:
The Last Night in Paris:
?New Year?s in Cartagena has become huge over the last several years,? says Daniel Castano, the chef-owner of VERA restaurant and maestro of Aquabar at the Tcherassi. At the designer-owned hotel?s New Year?s Eve white-party, which hosts a live band and a fashionable crowd, the most popular drinks are sparkling rye-based cocktails and little bottles of Champagne served, to underscore the night?s hedonistic bent, with a straw. Castano, who worked in some of the finest Italian restaurants in New York before returning to his hometown, recommends their homegrown signature cocktail, the Tcherassi.
The London?s roots in New York and the UK provide its big-time luxury bona fides, but it?s a West Coast taste for decadence that really sets this West Hollywood hotel apart. The London Bar?s head bartender Zack Albanese reminds us that the scene only becomes more festive and energetic on New Year?s Eve. To get the new year off to a fiery start, he recommends the Gordon?s Fury, named for the infamous temper of the TV chef behind the hotel?s restaurant.
On New Year?s Eve, Le Bar at the Plaza Ath?n?e in Paris is among the more glamorous venues for counting down the seconds. ?The New Year?s Eve scene at Le Bar au Plaza Ath?n?e is festive and fun each year,? says barman Thierry Hernandez, ?but this year will feature a DJ spinning electro rock and house music, as well as a neon New Year?s sign to light up the night.?
As for the signature cocktail, they?ve collaborated with perfumer Sophie Labb? to create this year?s Elixir de Noel, a perfume/cocktail combination that will appease guests? palettes and noses at the same time. And should your fellow guests get too close for olfactory comfort, you can always douse them with the complimentary dose of perfume.
Elixir de Noel:
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