DRINKS ON THE HOUSE: THE HOTELS MAKING THEIR OWN BRAND OF BOOZE
Hotels having their own craft cocktail menus is nothing new, but hotels and resorts that come up with their own brand of alcohol: well, that deserves a hearty “Salud.” Here are just a few hotels that have branched out into the booze biz.
All four of Chris Blackwell’s properties in Jamaica, including the Fleming Villa (named for James Bond creator, Ian Fleming), serve a specially created Blackwell Rum, which has 40 percent alcohol by volume but light tropical flavors such as coconut, citrus, and honeyed fruits. This is probably best enjoyed at the Blackwell Rum Bar at The Cave Villas. It also helps to know that Blackwell himself comes from one of Jamaica’s oldest rum-producing families.
The luxury resort serves a private label beer brewed exclusively for them by Guadalajara-based craft brewery, Cervercería Minerva, called Cora beer. Cora combines the smoothness of a lager with the character of an ale, but also has a special flavor twist in that it goes through a maturation process in tequila barrels. Indeed, Cora Beer actually contains 80 percent lager and 20 percent Imperial Tequila Ale. We also dig the label, which features a “Día de los Muertos” skull.
This Luxury Collection hotel serves its own brand of moonshine in its Urban Farmer steakhouse. And in keeping Portland weird, or at least local, the whiskey is blended with grains from a local brewery.
At this Tuscany hotel, guests can actually create their own wines during their stay with a visit to the Rocca di Frassinello winery. Working with a master oenologist, guest can choose their own blend of grapes including sangiovese and syrah. That combination gets put into 300 bottles which are shipped to your home. So make sure you have a lot of friends to share it with – and a lot of cash, as the experience is €18,000 a person.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of its famous Singapore Sling drink, Raffles created its own brand of gin, Raffles 1915. Created by Sipsmith Master Distiller Jared Brown and handcrafted at the SipSmith Distillery in London, the gin is a blend of botanicals found in Asia—such as jasmine flowers, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaf—and the classic gin botanicals found in Sipsmiths’ own London Dry Gin. Raffles 1915 gin is available at a few Raffles resorts including Singapore (obviously), Le Royal Monceau, and Dubai.
[Photos: Blackwell Rum, Four Seasons Punta Mita, Urban Farmer, Rocca Di Frassinello and Raffles Hotels]