Welcome, friends, to a new special section of my blog where I review cocktails at the various hotel venues Scott and I venture into during the course of our travels.
Well, because hotels are a perfect little microcosm of the macrocosm of the city around them. The best are thought out in meticulous detail, creating a world unto itself, much like a properly created cocktail is a world unto itself. A chance to pause from life, and enjoy one simple, thing, executed well, if you will.
So let’s explore together, starting with the Beluga Caviar Martini at the Beverly Wilshire
Beluga Noble Russian Vodka | Cinzano Dry Vermouth | Petrossian Caviar Cube
A word about the Beverly Wilshire – classic Beverly Hills. How classic? Well, “Pretty Woman” was filmed here, and yes, there is a “Pretty Woman” cocktail on the menu (but of course), although visual inspection of one several tables over was definitely not encouraging. Something has to cater to the tourists, after all.
No, order the Beluga Caviar Cocktail instead. At first, it will impress you as, perhaps, pretentious, a little “too too” – much like Rodeo Drive itself. But then you taste it, and soon you are a convert. The oil from the caviar will slowly but surely seep into the vodka, so I would recommend drinking this at a semi brisk pace before it crosses the line from ‘dirty’ to ‘fishy:’ and if you’re brave enough to order two – that’s on you. One was perfect for me. Sometimes, simplicity and brevity are best.