It’s not as impressive as 10 hours of extra features on the Lord of the Rings DVD set, but this recipe is our version of “behind the scenes.” When we shot our Spring/Summer 2020 collection in Joshua Tree last fall, our awesome creative team set up basecamp at Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs – a funky mid-century oasis with a stellar in-house gastro pub.
After hours in the desert sun, we’d wrap each day by chowing down on pastrami sandos and slurping fruity cocktails. We’d be lying if we said we got the recipes (we didn’t), but we did walk away with a renewed appreciation for tiki umbrellas and dark rum. So here’s our best attempt at a recreation…
• 2 oz. dark rum
• 1 oz. passion fruit syrup
• 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
• Pineapple slice, lime wedge, umbrella for garnish
Fill a tall glass with crushed ice (if you don’t have crushed ice, put ice in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin — save and reuse the bag!). Combine rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker with some ice cubes. Do a little dance and shake until the shaker is cold n’ frosty. Pour into the glass. Garnish with pineapple slice, lime, umbrella… whatever feels tropical!
It’s time for your New Years detox! Break out the tonic and antioxidants, and maybe some gin too. Seriously. Gin has some amazing health benefits that you’d be wise to get hip to. The juniper berry, the key ingredient in gin, is nature’s Z-Pak: It’s a natural anti-inflamatory so it combats infection, soothes coughs and acts as a remedy for arthritis. Gin contains lots of bitter herbs (good for your digestive tract) and is considered a diuretic (great for those kidneys). It’s also been said that the antioxidants in the juniper berry aid in regenerating cells in your skin – wrinkles-be-gone! Tonic water is no shmuck either. Originally developed by the British Empire as a vehicle to deliver the anti-malarial drug called quinine, today’s tonic water has far less quinine but certainly does the trick to ease the gin down. But remember, everything in moderation (including moderation…). So raise a glass you your health, and have a prosperous 2017!
2 oz. gin
4 oz. tonic water
2 lemon wedges*
*The traditional G&T calls for lime, but lemons are known to help you absorb nutrients quicker and more thoroughly throughout the day. Good on ya, lemons!
Order is important: In a chilled glass, add the gin. Fill the glass with ice – the larger the better. Squeeze in one lemon wedge then add the tonic. Squeeze in the second lemon wedge and give it a quick stir. Cheers!
We all have that friend who’s ready for anything – he can open a beer with his shoe, navigate by the stars and always has a pack of cards handy. That’s our friend Joel. Joel came with us on our road trip to Great Basin National Park for the first time. He’s just the kind of guy you want around when the van breaks down on the highway, when you’re looking at a billion stars, when you need a nightcap to warm you from the inside out… True to form, Joel came prepared. He calls it The Boulevardier, we call it Joel’s Lighter Fluid.
The Boulevardier aka Joel’s Lighter Fluid
2 parts bourbon
1 part Campari
1 part sweet vermouth
Combine ingredients in a shaker (or do what Joel did, put ingredients in a to-go coffee mug… just make sure it’s clean!). Take a lighter to the orange peel to warm it up, then twist peel to loosen up the oils. Serve up and garnish with the orange peel. Enjoy with good company and a raging campfire.