Two of my favorite things: yummy cocktails and fancy foreign hotels!

This has been a particularly speedy holiday season for me, so I’m trying to prolong it as long as possible by soaking up the Christmas spirit. (Christmas carols on repeat!) Quite a few PR people have sent me breakdowns of yummy holiday drinks from their hotel properties, so I’m reposting them here for you. Bottom’s up!

Maroma Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Maroma Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico

The hotel: Maroma Resort & Spa: Maroma Resort and Spa is an Orient-Express property in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and minutes away from the world’s second largest barrier reef. This margarita recipe is created by Executive Chef Juan Pablo.

The drink: Margarita Maroma

1 ½ oz Tequila blanco

1oz triple sec

¾ Lemon juice

½ oz xtabentun liquor



Rub rim of margarita glass with lemon juice, dip rim in salt. Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into the salt-rimmed glass, and serve.

Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg

Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg

The hotel: Grand Hotel Europe: Grand Hotel Europe has been a cultural and culinary landmark in St. Petersburg for over 130 years. The hotel has their own vodka sommelier.

The drink: Million Red Scarlet Roses

3 oz Vodka

2 oz Grapefruit Juice

½ oz Honey

2 oz Sparkling Wine


Pour the vodka, grapefruit juice and honey in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour the sparkling wine in glass flute. Pour in the mixed ingredients. Serve chilled.

La Samanna in St. Martin

La Samanna in St. Martin

The hotel: La Samanna Resort & Spa: The newly renovated La Samanna, located in St. Martin on the French side, features one of the Caribbean’s best spas.

The drink: Baie Long Blue

1.5oz Blue Curaçao

1/4 oz La Samanna old rum

2 oz  Pineapple juice

1oz  Coconut milk


Shake the above ingredients in cocktail mixer. Serve in a cocktail glass with crushed ice.

Grand Cayman Cotton Tree in Negril, Jamaica

Grand Cayman Cotton Tree in Negril, Jamaica

The hotel: Cayman Cotton Tree

Cotton Tree is a boutique hotel comprised of four two-bed/two-bath luxury cottages–featuring on-call private chefs and state-of-the-art kitchens–around a lush, private garden on the Caribbean. The resort is independently owned and operated by Heather Lockington, who created her dream hotel following world travels.

The drink: Sorrel Punch

2 cups whole, dried sorrel (a.k.a. dried hibiscus)

2 inches ginger, sliced in thin coins for mild flavor, or chopped/grated for stronger flavor.

The peel of 1 orange

2 cinnamon sticks

6 cups water

Sugar to taste (about 1 cup)

For diluting:

Water, rum, and/or ice, as desired

Peel the orange and slice (or grate) the ginger. Add all ingredients to a pot, cover, and bring to a gentle simmer, approximately 10 minutes. Let simmer for another 30 minutes to extract all the spiced goodness. Cool and refrigerate overnight for strongest flavor.

Strain, mix with ice, water and rum.

The Governors Residence in Yangon, Myanmar

The Governors Residence in Yangon, Myanmar

The Hotel: The Governor’s Residence: A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s and previously home to the ruler of Burma’s southern states, The Governor’s Residence in Yangon, Myanmar, features a pagoda surrounded by bamboo and Burmese teak wood.

The drink: Green Tea Ni

2 oz Green tea infused vodka

1 oz Dry Vermouth

Dash of Jasmine

½ oz of Green tea syrup


Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into martini glass. Serve.

Eagle Island Camp in Botswana on the Okavango Delta

I don't know who these people in the Eagle Island Camp promotional photo are. But I do know that looking at this picture is making me want to be back in Africa, stat.

The resort: Eagle Island Camp: Located in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, this luxury safari paradise (where Jolie very nearly stayed recently!) is situated on Xaxaba Island, which attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering stunning views and large private decks ideal for viewing wildlife while enjoying a private cocktail.

The drink: Fizzy Fish Eagle

3 Tbsp of Campari bitters

1oz of Gin

3 oz lemonade

3 oz sliced lemon

Dash of Grenadine


Add Gin, lemonade, Campari bitters and Grenadine. Swirl the cocktail in the shaker until it is cold. Fill a wine glass with ice. Pour in the cocktail and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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  1. Oh how great I found exactly this site now! That gave me a short journey in my mind, back to warmer temperature, summer and all around… And I really want to try “Baie Long Blue”, I think it was, additionally to the wonderful pics, the coconut which warped me to summer memories too ;)