Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Snow in Beverly Hills

Snow CONES, folks, snow cones. Yes, those refreshing childhood favorites that we can now enjoy with booze! (Isn’t it great to grow up?)

Ian Porter, Head Bartender at Blue on Blue (named as one of Food and Wine’s top 50 hotel restaurants) created this Raspberry Pina Colada Snow Cone Cocktail, and he kindly agreed to be the first Special Guest on my new online cocktail show, now playing on YouTube.

(Be kind. I’ve never made any sort of movie before. I edited it at the Apple Store, while learning with tech support Dee and Lee Beth. They must think I’m the most
technically-challenged moron on the planet. And - special thanks to Hollyboots who allowed me to use their fantastic song “Chilax” in the video. I promised I’d make sure to say "all rights reserved, registered b.m.i. chris lashelle productions". If you watch it, do not even think of lifting the song, people!)

The stylish Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills is rich with Hollywood history. Originally built in 1949, it was originally called the Beverly Carlton. Stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and members of the Rat Pack have been photographed poolside. Today, it is a hang out for trendy Angelenos looking to get out of the spotlight and into a swanky, cool hide-away, tucked into a discreet corner of 90210.

The Snow Cone Cocktail will be served from July through the end of the summer. So, do like TLM and head to the Avalon for a little R & R. Everyone needs to chill-lax. Especially in a hot venue… (photo credit: Claire Barrett)

The Raspberry Pina Colada Snowcone Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces Stoli Razz vodka
1 1/2 ounces Malibu Coconut rum
1 ounce pineapple juice
generous dash Coco Lopez

Fill a chilled cocktail glass with shaved / crushed ice. Shake vodka, rum, juice and Coco Lopez with ice, and strain into glass. Garnish with skewered fresh raspberries.

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