5/5/20 – Giving the ‘ol home bar a workout this Cinco de Mayo with another accessible-ingredient cocktail. Since temperatures are rising, we decided to play with some tiki flavors in this one, mixing coconut with mango and Tajin, emulating those classic street vendor fruit cups found in Mexico and Southern California. Happy Cinco friends!
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??
7/4/19–We love a seasonal cocktail here at Revel Spirits and it doesn’t get more summer than this 4th of July-themed Mojito/Rickey mashup. This drink was such a hit at our tasting booth during this year’s LA Food Fest, that we thought we would feature the recipe here so you can spice up your 4th of July party! It looks great, is super easy to make and is so, so refreshing. The strawberry mint syrup is highly diverse too – it can be mixed with a number of different drinks and will last in the fridge for over a month.
Have a great Independence Day! Mas Espirítu!
6/25/19– This riff on a classic G+T packs a beautiful variety of vegetal notes thanks to the Seedlip Garden 108 “non-alcoholic spirit”, a complex blend of peas, homegrown hay and traditional English herbs. Balanced with the dry vermouth and lemongrass bitters to bring out the existing lemongrass notes in the Revel Blanco, this drink is botanically complex but simple to make. Delicious and refreshing for a lazy summer afternoon.
5/5/19 – We wanted to think a little outside the box this Cinco De Mayo, so rather than just come up with a riff on a standard margarita, we decided to play around with some spring-time flavors here. We whipped up some homemade pistachio orgeat and got a hold of this beautiful apricot liqueur by Orchard… it’s not overly sweet and really packs the full aromatic of the fruit. We also had some Woodford Reserve cherry bitters at the Revel office which added a touch of dryness, balancing the sweet of the syrup and the tart of the lemon. A fun, easy-drinking cocktail for a beautiful Spring day! Happy Cinco!
3/14/19 – Revel Spirit’s Wrennie West created this gorgeous riff on the classic Ramos Gin Fizz. Yes, any Ramos Fizz variation is a labor-intensive cocktail to make, but it’s a bartender favorite and looks and tastes great. Trust us, it’s worth your time. The raspberry and rum combo give this drink a unique tiki twist too, not to mention a beautiful pink color. It literally tastes like a raspberry milkshake.
3/4/19 – If you still haven’t had the pleasure of perusing the Instagram profile “Spirit and Spoon”, do yourself a favour and check it out. LA bar veteran Karl Steuck’s labour of love is one part stunning cocktail photography and one part unique, creative and well thought out recipes that are easy to make at home. Formerly of Downtown LA’s locally distilled vodka Loft and Bear, Karl transitioned into creating his own, all-encompassing brand, Spirit and Spoon – a cocktail photography, consulting, brand work and events company. A good friend and collaborator with Revel Spirits, Karl whipped up this delicious marg riff for National Margarita Day.
Of the recipe, Karl says: “[I] had no lime or lemon but did have apple cider vinegar. Decided to go completely off the cuff and make a spin on a skinny girl marg as had pressed celery juice (don’t judge). Infused green chartreuse with the Thai basil, growing in my kitchen, to give the celery a broader vegetal note. Added Serrano to tie it together and then egg white to give it the texture it needed ~ also seemed fitting with the theme.”