1/19/21 – Just as Avila is the spirit of Morelos, The Cuernavaca is its’ signature cocktail, named after the state’s capital. Created by Morelos native (and owner of Cuernavaca cocktail bar Pichirilo) Christian Rubio, this drink aims to be a classic as popular as the Margarita or the Paloma, but taste twice as good. Simple and beautifully fresh, The Cuernevaca is packed full of flavor but still lets the Avila be the star of the show.
11/11/20 – It’s been a year… We all need a little escape, so it was fortunate that our good friend Patrick Frohoff from Koreatown’s The Line Hotel met up with us at one of our favorite LA bars, The Semi-Tropic. He came up with this coconut-based cocktail that makes you instantly feel like you’re on vacation. It’s tropical but still spirit-forward; light but still packs a punch; sweet but dry; refreshing but… well, you get the point. This one’s a winner, and super easy to make at home. Enjoy!
6/30/20 – We got creative during the height of quarantine for this episode of Revel R&D Bar, utilizing our portable events bar at home. This time, a classic – the Paloma. While its origins are shrouded in mystery, the popularity of this drink and its light, refreshing taste is undeniable. We put a fun spin on it, making it a must-add to your summertime cocktail arsenal.
4/7/20 – Since we’re all stuck at home right now with limited items in the pantry (and most likely burnt out on margaritas), we’ve been hard at work coming up with simple cocktail recipes made with ingredients that you should easily be able to get your hands on! This one was a total crap shoot – thrown together with items that were already in the refrigerator. What a pleasant surprise that it turned out absolutely delicious!
10/31/19–Tinctures are easy to make, have a long shelf life and are a great way to spice up cocktails. In wanting to really capture the flavor of the season, we made a clove tincture which mixed beautifully with the fall citrus, blood orange. Demerara has a richness to it that regular simple syrup doesn’t, and combined with the Madagascar vanilla, it compliments the almost desert-like flavors of this drink.
9/26/19- It’s always a fun day at the office when bartenders come by to play around in the R&D Bar. For Episode Two (up now on IGTV), Nightshade’s Dan O’Reilly came up with this delicious fall-inspired cocktail that combines Revel Avila Blanco with fig, vanilla, cinnamon and prickly pear. We were blown away by the incredible bright orange color and even more so by the flavors. Just the right balance of sweet and tart on this one.
8/28/19– For the very first episode of our “Revel R&D Bar” series (find it on our Instagram TV), Jessica Morgan from Gold Diggers Hollywood stopped by to whip up this stunning tiki concoction. She mixed Revel Blanco with this delicious, funky rum from Oaxaca, Mexico (because, of course). Citrus, guava, tiki bitters and egg white to balance it out left us wondering two things — why don’t more people use guava juice in cocktails, and why does summer have to end??
8/5/19–The ultimate summer- time cocktail, this spritz is a fresh, bubbly combo of spirit and sparkling. Our riff combines Revel Avila Blanco with notes of ginger and citrus. The Crème de Gingembre has these exotic, spicy, almost candied ginger notes and while people generally think of ginger as winter flavor found in teas and pies, the freshness of this liqueur combined with a high quality ginger beer is undeniably summer.