The expert mixologists at Top of the Strand, New York City’s iconic rooftop bar, have released their “12 Days of Cocktails,” a collection of jolly recipes that just may become everyone’s newest holiday tradition.
With nods to seasonal favorites that include the Grinch, a red-nosed reindeer and everyone’s least-liked relative from the classic movie “Home Alone”—plus a recipe sure to make St. Nick’s naughty list—the 12 Days of Cocktails are perfect for lighting up holiday parties and family gatherings or for warming up on those cold, snowy nights. For those who spend the holidays in the sun or by the pool, the cocktails can bring a welcome chill.
Top of the Strand rooftop bar—known for having one of the best views in NYC—is set like a jewel on the 21st floor of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. With its friendly atmosphere, dazzling views, handcrafted drinks and tasty light fare, Top of the Strand is one of New York City’s favorite rooftop bar.
December 14 – Winter Mule
Serve over ice in rocks glass with a sugar rim
1 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron
3/4 oz. agave syrup
3/4 oz. lemon juice
Top with ginger beer
Before serving, garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries
December 15 – Rosemary Christmas
Do ahead: Smoked rosemary – place rosemary sprig on plate and use mini torch to light rosemary; place coupe glass over rosemary and leave for one minute.
Shake with ice and strain into coupe glass
1 1/2 oz. gin
1/4 oz. Cynar (a flavorful artichoke liqueur available in most package stores)
3/4 oz. Aperol
Before serving, garnish with smoked rosemary
December 16 – Philly’s Naughty List
Do ahead: Simple syrup – in a medium saucepan combine 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.
Shake with ice and strain into rocks glass
2 oz. rye
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice
6 dashes of tiki bitters (available at most package stores)
Before serving, garnish with pinch of ground nutmeg
A Reassuring Presence Instilling Calm, Confidence, And Connection
Tapping into sight, sound, smell, taste, and texture Pantone makes PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue the first multi-sensory Color of the Year in the company’s history.
Pantone, provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions, today announced PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue, as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2020; a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation from which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Imbued with a deep resonance, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”
The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 21 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:
PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral (2019)
PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet (2018)
PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery (2017)
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz (2016)
PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
The color selected as the Pantone Color of the Year 2020 was taken from the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home, and interior design.
Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.
As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.
“The Pantone Color of the Year highlights the relationship between trends in color and what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time, a color that reflects what individuals feel they need that color can hope to answer.” added Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions, designers and brands should feel inspired to use color to engage and connect. The Pantone Color of the Year selection provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”
To fully bring to life the true meaning of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, Pantone has translated PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue into a multi-sensory experience. By extending the sensory reach of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, Pantone is hoping to reach a greater diversity of people to provide everyone with an opportunity to engage with the Color of the Year 2020 in their own unique way.
“As we all head into a new era, we wanted to challenge ourselves to find inspiration from new sources that not only evolve our Color of the Year platform, but also help our global audiences achieve richer and more rewarding color experiences,” added Pressman. “This desire, combined with the emotional properties of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, motivated us to expand beyond the visual, to bring the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year to life through a multi-sensory experience.”
Classic Blue in Fashion
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a poised and self-assured blue hue elegant in its simplicity. Genderless in outlook and seasonless in endurance, this foundational anchor shade enables color mixes throughout the spectrum, as well as making a strong statement on its own. Emblematic of heritage but at the same time highly contemporary, versatile PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue takes on distinct appearances through application to different materials, finishes and textures from shimmering metallics, lustrous sheens and high-tech materials to hand crafted looks and more fragile fabrics.
Classic Blue in Beauty
In the ultimate display of personal expression, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue makes a dramatic statement for eyes, nails and hair in a variety of finishes from glittery and glam to dusty matte.
Classic Blue in Home Décor
Offering the promise of protection PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a pervasive favorite for home. Creating a stable foundation from which to build, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue injects creative confidence into interiors, transforming a space through unique color combinations and tonal statements. Easily applied across so many different materials, textures and finishes, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a dependable blue that can take you in different directions expressing tradition and elegance as well as unexpected boldness.
Classic Blue in Graphic Design and Packaging
Because of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue’s relation to the sky at dusk, something we see every day, it maintains a perception of dependability and constancy. A color we respond to viscerally as being trustworthy, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is an ideal shade for many applications of graphic design. This is especially true for packaging where PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue conveys the message of honesty, credibility and reliability that today’s consumers are connecting to.
The Peninsula Hotels has announced a calendar of fun festive activities and experiences for all to enjoy this season, including bountiful brunches brimming with festive fare; celebratory cocktails crafted by on-site mixologists; gingerbread making classes led by each hotels’ professional pastry chefs; and live story-telling sessions of The Peninsula’s digital storybook for children ‘The Gingerbread Man’s Tale,’ available to download on a complimentary basis via Peninsula.com’s festive webpage.
Putting The Spice Back Into Life The hero and leading character of this year’s story – which has been specially written for The Peninsula Hotels – is the Gingerbread Man. A familiar sight hanging within decorated trees, the Gingerbread Man represents the ‘Stories from within the Tree’ chapter of The Peninsula Hotels’ three-year festive campaign titled ‘Stories from the Tree’.
After kicking-off with ‘Stories from Under the Tree’ last year and closing with ‘Stories from the Tree Top’ next year, this year’s theme is about sharing the joy and fun of the season. Adding a Scandinavian touch to the festivities, The Peninsula Hong Kong will welcome Santa Claus from Finland Santa Claus Village on December 11 at The Lobby as the Grande Dame joins hands with Finnair this winter. More collaboration will be announced by the end of December 2019 for a truly Nordic celebration.
In line with this, the magic of the festive season will be celebrated at each of the ten Peninsula hotels around the globe with giant Christmas trees erected in the grand lobbies, and resplendent decorations on view for all to enjoy. To prolong the festive joy throughout the season, the hotel mascot, The Peninsula Bear will appear at The Lobby, giving adorable surprises spontaneously to guests.
A Time Of Reflection Often, the joy and fun of the season is felt most strongly by the children in our lives. In support of those less fortunate, the six ‘Stories from the Tree’ characters will be available to purchase at each hotel in the form of tree decorations and pins, with US$5 from each purchase being donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong and Room to Read. Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong, an organization that grants one life-changing wishes for children aged between three and 17 with critical illnesses in Hong Kong and Macau, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Room to Read, a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
In The Peninsula Hong Kong’s legendary lobby, the much-loved tradition of Afternoon Tea will be given a festive makeover to present ‘Teas of Hope’ Afternoon Tea. Available now through to December 20 and December 27th to 30th 2019, the set is priced at HK$ 398* per person or HK$ 718* for two, and includes a festive pin. For each tea set sold, US$5 will be donated to the above charities.
The Joy Of Festive Gastronomy The festive sounds of Rhythm and Harmony will also be a feature of the lobby, with the big band performing live each evening from December 24th to 31st. Guests can enjoy movie theme-tunes, bossa nova hits, and popular songs from the 70s and 80s. The nightly live entertainment of top performers will make this place the live lounge music capital of Hong Kong. Guests who enjoy a more traditional approach to Christmas are well catered for too, priced at HK$ 508* per person, the classic afternoon tea will be served in The Lobby from December 21stto 26th.
For lovers of classic Cantonese cuisine, there are few better places in Hong Kong to ring in the New Year than at Spring Moon. The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on December 31st will see the Spring Moon Band performing a blend of Shanghai classic songs and American music, to celebrate ‘East meets West’. A festive lunch and dinner will also be available from December 24th and 25th.
French fine dining institution Gaddi’s offers the perfect Christmas Eve treat with a six-course festive dinner on December 24th created by Chef Albin Gobil, in addition to a four-course festive lunch and five-course dinner menu on Christmas Day. Guests can enjoy ‘new vintage’ music performed by the Gaddi’s band, which mixes 1940s jazz and classic pop in a roaring 20s-style adaptation.
Those with a penchant for the avant-garde can enjoy a Christmas meal created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez in Felix on December 25th, choosing between a three-course early seating from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, or a five-course dinner from 8:00 pm onwards. Those dining between 24 to 31 December will also be treated to live music each evening from 8:00 pm onwards.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is delighted to announce a one-of-a-kind culinary collaboration with Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. From January 3 to 10, the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will showcase the creativity of Chef Vincenzo Guarino,Executive Chef at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como during two exclusive starred dinners at Mes’Lalla and an Italian week presenting a special menu available for guests at the Pool Garden restaurant.
Promoting authentic cuisine, acclaimed Chef Vincenzo Guarino has been awarded one Michelin star in 2019 for L˜Aria, the resort’s fine dining restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. This prestigious distinction confirms the great Chef’s talent in marrying high-quality ingredients, precise techniques and inspiring flavours and aromas to produce a multi-sensory experience that pays homage to traditional Mediterranean cuisine and brings it to life.
Vincenzo Guarino’s passion for the culinary arts started at a young age. After attending culinary school, the Chef honed his skills at Michelin-starred establishments both in Italy and abroad. Over the course of his career, Vincenzo Guarino has worked alongside celebrated chefs such as Gualtiero Marchesi in Capri and, in 2019 Chef Guarino took on a new challenge as Executive Chef of the new Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como.
During this Italian week, diners can enjoy two exclusive dinners in the cosy atmosphere of the Mes’Lalla restaurant on January 3rd and 4th. The seabass and re-imagined eggplant parmigiana are just two of the delightful dishes on offer.
From January 5 to 10 , Lake Como will take over the Pool Garden restaurant and surprise guests with a varied menu offering Mediterranean delights such as the unmissable octopus “Alla Luciana” and the “Acquapazza” seabream.
Peak wild mushroom season reaches a crescendo during autumn and early winter, with a glorious abundance anticipated by chefs and gourmands around the world. From November12 to December 16, guests are invited to discover the wondrous versatility of mushrooms with a visit to the acclaimed (and award-winning fine dining restaurant) Felix at the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, where sweeping views of Victoria Harbour set the scene for an exquisite tasting menu crafted by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez. By highlighting the delicious scope of foraged mushrooms with inspired dishes and cocktails, Gomez proves these seasonal treasures are more than just a garnish.
of the Wild Mushroom Felix Experience can look forward to a
five-course indulgence with the spotlight firmly placed on the best
in-season mushrooms available. Inspired by Chef Gomez’s culinary
imagination, this seasonal epicurean experience promises to tantalise
the taste buds with whimsical presentations and inventive flavours
inspired by the forager’s bounty.
experience begins with a Wild mushroom soup with foie gras toast
and green apple relish before moving on to a masterful course of
Matsutake mushroom with butter poached king crab and oyster leaf –
a flawless pairing of this rare, aromatic mushroom with king crab’s
sweet appeal. Black trumpet with octopus terrine, espelette
parmentier and garlic chips is a spellbinding taste sensation,
while a choice between Yellow chanterelles with John Dory loin or
Ceps with Australian black market beef steak, orzo pasta,
roast pumpkin and charred onions offers the very best of land
and sea. A dessert of Black fig flambé reveals a satisfying
conclusion to a meal that balances Gomez’s nuanced understanding of
mushrooms with Felix’s unimpeachable flair.
A Spanish native with over 28 years of experience in the kitchen, Chef Juan Gomez boasts a career loaded with international experience and Michelin-stars. Before taking up residence as Felix’s new executive chef, Gomez managed the gastronomic development for one of Bahrain’s leading restaurant groups and his path has seen him through some of the world’s food capitals – London, Sydney, Barcelona, and more – to refine his cooking ethos and flair for crafting memorable Mediterranean cuisine.
for a limited time, the delectable Five-course Wild Mushroom Felix
Experience Menu is priced at HK$ 1,288* per person. Three and six
glasses of wine pairing with the menu are also available for HK$
1,788* and HK$ 1,988* per person respectively. For reservations and
enquiries, please call Felix at +852 2696 6778 or email
Building on its 90 years as a global beacon of hospitality, The Peninsula Hong Kong, the legendary “Grande Dame of the Far East” continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance. This year, The Peninsula Hotels has become the first and the only luxury hotel brand in the world to achieve a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating for every hotel its portfolio. Widely recognized as an international icon of hospitality, the Peninsula Hong Kong is the flagship property of the group. A stay at the hotel allows you to re-live the glamour of travel of a by-gone era and explore the many antiques and historical artifacts on display around the hotel of Hong Kong itself.
Global Advertising Creative Aims To Energize Scotch Whisky Conventions And Evoke A Thirst For Exploration
pioneering legacy of Johnnie Walker was built on challenging
conventions and inspiring people to stretch their boundaries. Today,
the brand reveals a vibrant creative world as part of its Keep
Walking campaign, inviting a new generation of whisky drinkers to
taste more out of life and explore the rich possibilities of their
world with Johnnie Walker.
the new campaign, created by Anomaly, Johnnie Walker comes to
life through a bold new visual identity that celebrates the sensorial
dynamism of its blends, conveys a range of cocktails and occasions,
and breaks down traditional Scotch conventions creating a desire to
discover and explore the brand in a whole new way. As people continue
seeking new experiences, Blended Scotch Whisky has become a
more vibrant and exciting category for discovery, with Johnnie Walker
itself seeing a 9% net sales growth in North America in Fiscal 19
(reported net sales).
Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the world-renowned and only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, has unveiled its Verified List for 2019’s World’s Best Hotel Bars, naming Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago, The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills and The Bar at The Peninsula Manila as three of only 45 bars around the world to earn the accolade. This comes on the heels of the Forbes Five-Star Awards announcement in February 2019, in which The Peninsula Hotels achieved Forbes Five-Star status across all ten of its hotels, resulting inThe Peninsula Hotels being the first and only hotel brand to achieve the highest possible FTG rating for all its hotels.
honour of this calibre is truly extraordinary, especially given the
amount of hard work and meticulous attention our team collectively
puts into each of these establishments,” said Carson Glover,
Vice President of Brand Marketing & Communications at The
Peninsula Hotels. “Every detail, from the design and ambiance to
the unparalleled service, to the incredible food and drink offerings,
is carefully curated to provide an exceptional and unforgettable
Bar at The Peninsula Chicago
above Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue, The Peninsula Chicago’s
recently-opened rooftop lounge, Z Bar, boasts expansive city
views, an array of distinctive, globally-inspired cocktails,
boldly-flavored food and the latest tunes from around the world.
After being transported to The Peninsula Chicago’s rooftop terrace
via dedicated elevators cloaked in lush forest artistry, guests can
enjoy an expansive indoor-outdoor space including a rooftop terrace,
the perfect place to experience a sophisticated take on Chicago’s
Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
of an elegant gentleman’s club, with beautiful California
birch-paneled walls and gleaming brass details and sconces, The
Club Bar offers guests premium drinks and gourmet small bites.
Luxury leather chairs surround the crackling fireplace, creating an
authentic yet timeless atmosphere. The Club Bar’s drink list includes
rare single-malt whiskies, scotches, tequilas and cognacs, as well as
a comprehensive selection of wines by the glass, along with the
hotel’s private-label Keller The Peninsula Sonoma Pinot Noir.
Bar at The Peninsula Manila
a few steps from Salon de Ning and a short walk from the
famous Lobby, The Bar at The Peninsula Manila echoes the dimly
lit bars of Cuba, and is the ideal setting to enjoy the signature
Batangas Old Fashioned, or savor a malt whisky in an intimate space.
The plush armchairs and leather couches encourage intimate
conversation among guests. The Bar, boasting predominant colors of
cobalt blue and dark brown, is inspired by the character of an old
school gentleman who enjoys a flavorful cigar and a crisp drink.
Travel Guide’s The
Verified List for 2019’s World’s Best Hotel Barsrecognizes
45 distinguished bars, across 13 countries, and represents hotel bars
that performed exceptionally on standards related to the quality of
their beverage programme, their presentation and their luxurious
hotel bar was meticulously inspected and scored using criteria such
as elements of luxury standards, which reflect sumptuous comfort,
choices and conveniences, including a special level of attention to
details, and also food and beverage quality standards, which play an
important part in the guest experience. Bars must also demonstrate
the technical aptitude of their staff, such as their ability to
listen to guests’ individual preferences and to deliver beverages
at correct temperatures.
seen hotel bars evolve enormously in our 60-plus years of operating
Forbes Travel Guide, hence the focus of our fourth Verified List,”
said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Hotel bars are
now destinations in their own right and have the ability to transform
a hotel experience. We congratulate all of the bars on the list,
which were vetted and verified based on the most rigorous standards.
They not only scored highly, but also provided the most luxurious
experience for hotel and local guests alike.”
Verified List throws a spotlight on amazing hotel bars in China,
France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal,
Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom
and the United States.
in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), The
Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) is the holding
company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and
management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential
properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as
well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and
other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The
Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula
Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula
Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Paris, The
Peninsula Bangkok, and The Peninsula Manila. Projects
under development include The Peninsula London, The Peninsula
Istanbul and The Peninsula Yangon. The property portfolio
of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower
and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho
Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris,
France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes
The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Thai Country Club in Bangkok,
Thailand; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California;
Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula
Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.
Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels,
restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate
based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on
exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s
best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star,
Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our
independent inspection process. For more information about Forbes
Travel Guide, please visit forbestravelguide.com.