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Drink This Weekend Edition: The Ritz-Carlton’s Sweet Basil martini

August 23rd 04:08pm, 2013



Sometimes the only way to end a workweek is with a stiff martini. If selection is what you’re seeking, head over to The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis newly renovated Lobby Lounge. The Ritz’s theme for the remodel, “Rhythm and Martinis,” gives a nod to St. Louis’ tradition of music, and martinis refers to the hotel’s long-standing, martini-heavy cocktail menu.

The only problem (I can possibly imagine) with 200 options on a martini list is that the menu is too big to sit on a bar. Instead, the staff has shortened the list to include only a handful of signature and seasonal martinis, such as the Sweet Basil, pictured. Lillet Blanc, Hendrick’s gin and house-made basil syrup make up this slightly sweet, slightly peppery, very refreshing cocktail. The flash-fried basil leaf garnishing the rim adds a nice, aromatic touch.

Can’t find something you want on the abridged bar menu? Don’t be shy; ask for the full tome. Some of the martinis are fresh takes on old classics, some you will have never heard of, and one – the Grand XIII, which rings in at a whopping $500 – you will never be able to afford. Well, most of you. The Ritz actually sold one recently.



By Julie Cohen

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