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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Bel-Air Treat from the Luxe Hotel on Sunset: The Candy Cane Martini

If you're like me, you might find the holidays a little,er, stressful at times.  Don't even start me on Black Friday stress. When people are shopping defensively with pepper spray, it's time to chillax and step back.  There's nothing like a chilled martini, beautifully presented in a rimmed glass, to exercise and comfort a hand weary from carrying shopping bags. Believe me, I know :)  That's why I want to share this little pick me up  known as the Candy Cane Martini from the Luxe Hotel with all of my readers.  Be forewarned though, it packs a punch with Vodka, Creme de Cocoa, and Grenadine superbly mixed together.  You can make this fabulous concoction at home or you can have it at the exclusive Luxe Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, or, I like to do both.  I can make it at home when I need a holiday special or I can have one at the Luxe when I'm doing my Hollywood/Bel-Air touring and shopping on Sunset.  It all works out.

You know if Gloria Swanson was still hanging around on Sunset Boulevard she'd be sipping these during the holidaze.

Here's the secret holiday martini mix.

Candy Cane Martini Recipe

Shake 1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka and .5oz White Crème De Cocoa Layer the Crème de Menthe and Grenadine on the bottom of a tall martini glass. Add the Vodka mix to the martini glass and serve
with cinnamon-dipped rim and candy cane garnish. 

* Served exclusively at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

Pictured: The Luxe Sunset Pool where many a Candy Cane Martini has visited.

If you haven't been to the Luxe, and you're traveling to Los Angeles (or a local looking for a getaway) check this gem out. The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel sits on seven acres of lush, manicured property perched a top Brentwood and Bel Air. Local attractions include the famed Getty Center, Bel Air, shopping on Sunset (huge H&M store) nightlife (House of Blues, The Roxy), Hollywood sights (Mann's Chinese Theater, the Wax Museum and Musso & Frank Grill) and the Santa Monica or Malibu beaches. The hotel makes for a great camp out -- chic bargainista style of course. Our staff really can't do tents or sleeping bags :) Look for discounts by checking the hotel specials page.  Image how good that candy cane martini might taste sitting poolside during an LA style Christmas? :)

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