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Springtime Sips

Article by Regan Stephens

The arrival of spring each year brings a bevy of things we love: longer days, warmer temperatures and a bounty of fresh produce. At The Ritz-Carlton properties around the world, bartenders are tapping into these seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to create memorable, one-of-a-kind cocktails. “It’s a return to the culinary approach,” says David Murphy, the brand’s global vice president of food and beverage design and development. “The team uses the fresh ingredients that are available each season, for that short period of time, thus sparking creativity when conceiving cocktails.”

Treasures from the Gardens of the American South

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

At the Punch Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, Creative Director of Bar Operations Bob Peters infuses his cocktails with herbs and other ingredients grown and harvested right on site. “He’s really taken this idea to the next level,” says Murphy, noting the grow boxes and beehives set up on the property’s roof. For his cocktail called Revolutionary Spring Break, Peters uses cilantro for a “crisp, botanical pop,” which plays off the sweetness and acidity of the lime juice. “This cocktail is the epitome of springtime in a glass,” Peters says.

Revolutionary Spring Break

60 ml of Bluecoat gin

7 ml of fresh lime

2 sprigs of fresh cilantro, muddled

Revel in the Beauty of a Spanish Spring

Hotel Arts, Barcelona

Head Mixologist Diego Baud pays particular attention to the presentation of his signature drinks at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona. Highly stylized “composed cocktails” — like gin with muddled cherries, organic sage honey syrup and grapefruit bitters, accompanied by a tiny pig on which a paper thin slice of jamón de bellota is draped — make for a truly unforgettable experience. In the Home Sweet Home, sage and rosemary-infused honey simple syrup lend a sweet and herbal element. “The idea of this cocktail is to take advantage of everything that the season has to offer in the garden of the Hotel Arts,” says Baud. “In this case, sage and rosemary.” It also aims to bring awareness to the disappearing bees, which provide honey to both the cocktail and the accompanying manchego crisps, which are then dotted with baby basil leaves and edible flowers. “The herbaceousness pairs tremendously with the crunchy manchego and the smoky aroma.”

Home Sweet Home

45 ml Gin Mare

30 ml sage and rosemary simple syrup

22.5 ml fresh lime

Smoked with cedar wood

Enjoy Elevated Classics in the Nation’s Capital

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

The Sargento Pimienta is part of Quadrant Bar’s sous-vide cocktail collection. Prepared in large batches, the method itself is innovative; the ingredients are vacuum-sealed in a plastic bag and then submerged and steamed at 150 degrees for fifteen minutes at a constant temperature. According to lead mixologist Christopher Mendenhall, this technique makes for a smoother cocktail. “This process for creating drinks was inspired by trying to incorporate fresh herbs and fruits, while avoiding muddling and traditional infusions that can turn bitter once oxidized.” The bag then cools before it’s placed in an ice bath, strained and bottled. When serving, Mendenhall mixes 2.5 ounces of the concoction with .75 ounces of fresh lemon juice and serves in a hollowed-out bell pepper over crushed ice. “Each sip is fresh and full of layers for a unique experience,” he says.

Sargento Pimienta

1.5 liters of Avion Silver Tequila

750 ml Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao

25 pepper corns

25 basil leafs

1 brick of honey comb

Sips Inspired by Age-Old Rituals

The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Drawing inspiration from the perfume world, lead bartender of Fragrances and The Curtain Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, Arnd Heissen creates cocktails that evoke a guest’s favorite scent. With notes of thyme, cardamom, pine, eucalyptus, and cedar wood, Smoke for the Soul is inspired by shamanistic smoke rituals and is served with burning white sage under an abalone shell, with the smoke gently permeating the shell through its tiny holes. “Shamen use the smoke of white sage to clear the surroundings from negative souls, and in aromatherapy sage relieves your head,” says Heissen.

Smoke for the Soul

30 ml Ardbeg Corryvreckan

20 ml Pisco Quebranta

10 ml Gin Principe de los Apostoles (grapefruit, mate, eucalyptus)

2 tsp pinetree syrup


  • Charlotte

    Location Charlotte, North Carolina

    Experience Enjoy urban sophistication in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.

    • Enjoy delectable desserts at Bar Cocoa
    • Sip a craft cocktail at The Punch Room
    • Relax and recharge in our luxury Spa
  • Barcelona

    Location Barcelona, Spain

    Experience A beachfront hotel overlooking the Mediterranean

    • Mediterranean and city views
    • 5 outlets, including a two Michelin-starred restaurant
    • The highest spa in Barcelona
  • Washington, D.C.

    Location Washington, D.C.

    Experience One of the city’s most majestic luxury hotels, steeped in history.

    • Surrounded by tree-lined streets in downtown D.C.
    • A relaxing respite from the city's energy
    • Unparalleled Club Level accommodations
  • Berlin

    Location Berlin, Germany

    Experience A striking hotel in the vibrant Potsdamer Platz quarter.

    • Fantastic views of the Tiergarten
    • Minutes from historic Berlin attractions
    • An exceptional on-site restaurant