Refreshing Fridays: Go Glam with a Little Hollywood

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hollywood-cocktailHollywood is famed for its cultural identity as the historical center for movie stars and the motion picture industry. Often associated with glamour, sophistication and luxury, every party could use a little Hollywood flair.

The cocktail pushed its way into the mainstream with the help of early Hollywood cinema which cemented it into our culture.  And like most people in Hollywood, the Hollywood Cocktail is an interesting mix of flavors that just seem to work well together.

How to make your own Hollywood Cocktail:

-1 ½ oz Vodka
-1/2 ox black raspberry liquor
-dash of pineapple juice
-Raspberries or Pineapples for garnish

Pour your ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Where to find the perfect Hollywood Cocktail:

Andaz West Hollywood:
The Andaz West Hollywood is committed to bringing you the latest in style, service and high-touch innovation. Find yourself with a front row seat to one of the most famed walkways in the world, and the most exciting night life that lasts from Sunset till sunrise.


The Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills:
If you’re looking for the ultimate boutique experience in Beverly Hills, you are sure to find it at the Mosaic Hotel. The Mosaic has 49 guest rooms and five suites, and is right off of Rodeo Drive. You won’t get closer to Beverly Hills’ best shopping and attractions than here!


Thompson Beverly Hills:
Also next to Rodeo Drive is the gorgeous Thompson Beverly Hills, a lovely boutique hotel of 107 rooms. This hotel is a perfect example of Californian modernism design, and is actually home to the West Coast’s first Bond St Sushi Restaurant.


The Sunset Tower Hotel:
Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe all stayed at The Sunset Tower Hotel, and once you go there, you’ll see why. This classically Hollywood Art Deco hotel is spacious, boasts excellent views and has a fabulous spa – perfect for the diva in each and every one of us.


Terranea Resort:
Located just south of LA near Hollywood is the Terranea Resort which is dramatically poised above the Pacific Ocean and known as California’s premier coastal resort destinations. And this Christmas, come and spend your holiday at the resort and enjoy either a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day brunch for two included in their “Our First Christmas Together” package.


Montage Beverly Hills:
Ideal of business or leisure travelers, Montage Beverly Hills is just steps from Rodeo Drive (where some of the world’s best boutiques can be found). We love the Spanish Colonial exterior, and we know you will too.


SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills:
Furnished with designs by legendary architect Philippe Starck, lovers of fine design will really enjoy the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Every detail has been taken care of at this lovely hotel.


The Huntley Hotel:
If a dramatic view is what you’re looking for during your stay in Santa Monica, The Huntley Hotel may be for you. Whether it’s the mountains, the city or the ocean, this hotel is the ultimate retreat in Southern California.


Sunset Marquis:
If you’ve always wanted to stay right near the Sunset Strip, then Sunset Marquis is definitely the place for you. Guests will enjoy spacious suites, luxurious amenities and some true Hollywood charm at this lovely hotel in West Hollywood.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel:
Famed for being the birthplace of the Academy Awards the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is now the place where old Hollywood and young Hollywood entwine. Complete with a Marilyn Monroe suite, gable and Lombard penthouse, an historical lobby with library bar, poolside cabana and 24 hour room service and concierge makes this a place where your every desire will surely be met.

Palihouse Holloway:
Choose from 36 spacious guest residence and make yourself at home in the heart of West Hollywood at the Palihouse Holloway. Surrounded by unparalleled nightlife, shopping, restaurants, beaches and cultural venues makes this luxury hotel the perfect base from which to explore.

Capturing the quintessential California lifestyle of glamour, fantasy along with causal living and a love for the outdoors is the Mondrain located on the world famous Sunset Strip. Each guest room has fully equipped kitchens, large work desks, oversized bathrooms and elegant furnishings all inspired by a sense of uncomplicated sophistication.

Chateau Marmont:
Originally built in 1929, Chateau Marmont is a legendary castle-like hotel sitting high above the Sunset Strip and has played host to countless celebrities. Each of the sixty-three rooms, cottages and bungalows are homes of their own and have a gracious scale from a long gone era.

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