Beverly Hills: Take a Cocktail Class at Caulfield’s for Valentine’s Day

The Pool at the Thompson in Beverly Hills

The pool at the Thompson in Beverly Hills

Jeremy Back (formerly of City Tavern)  has taken over the beverage program at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills. He has already revamped Caulfield’s, the restaurant at the Thompson and is working on the pool bar along with beverage room service for the hotel rooms. For Valentine’s day, Jeremy and his team will be demonstrating cocktails at Caulfield’s and give couples a chance to make custom cocktails for their dates. The demonstration and hands-on mixology dubbed “The Best First Date” includes passed appetizers from the bar menu.

I had a chance to check out Caulfield’s recently to taste what’s on the current menu and to check out what Jeremy’s working on.

Barzillian

Barzillian

 

Barzillian – Leblon cachaca, lime, grapefruit juice, egg white, Miracle Mile Forbidden bitters, Angostura bitters

The Barzillian’s name may have started out as a typo but it’s a cool typo so the name stuck. I love egg white drinks and thought this was fantastic.

avocado

Haas avocado dip

 

Caulfield’s version of guacamole is simply Haas avocado, tomatillo, olive oil and lime. It’s served with corn tortillas. I really liked the larger chunks of avocado and we somehow magically had enough tortillas. All right, so some of the dip was simply scooped up…into our mouths.

Lipstick

Lipstick

Lipstick – St. George Bontanivore gin, beet juice, lemon, Bitter Truth habenero shrub

I’ll say it again, I love beets and beet-juice cocktails. If this drink doesn’t get your lover revved up with the spicy shrub, I don’t know what will.

rye-ality

Rye-ality

Rye-ality – Templeton rye, grapefruit serrano pepper and cayenne preserves, Miracle Mile yuzu bitters

For the whiskey lovers, you got a bit of spice in your life as well. This time, the drink seems to be a play on an old-fashioned. I liked the modern interpretation — the bits of grapefruit have the preserves spooned over them so a bit drips int your drink as you have it.

Jeremy Back, Beverage Director

Jeremy Back, Beverage Director

 

Here’s Jeremy showing us a sneak preview of his menu development. He didn’t have a name at the time but I loved the torched cinnamon.

sneak preview- new drinks for the Spring

sneak preview- new drinks for the Spring

 

The cocktail has Scotch (love Scotchyscotchscotch) as its base.

glen

Glenmoragie

kale chips

kale chips

 

I confess I’ve never had kale chips until now. I know it’s all the rage to make your own but I never turn on my oven. But I do eat a lot of kale. I’m glad Caulfield’s did all the work and put kale chips on the menu. I can see why they’re addictive. They must be healthier than potato chips, right?

dining and

Bar & Dining Room

Bar & Dining Room – Maestro dobel tequila, olmo grape shrub, cracked black pepper foam, proscuitto dust

Jeremy explained he wanted to do more cocktails inspired by cooking. He came up with this cocktail based on one of his signature dishes. It’s like liquid BBQ gold. Be sure to lick up that proscuitto dust on the side of the glass to get the full effect. For me, the savory foam was also great.

latkes

latkes with salmon caviar

One of the popular bar menu items are the latkes with salmon caviar. It’s probably not very kosher but that dab of creme fraiche ties in the briny roe and crisp-creamy potatoes. I know people hate describing latkes as hasbrown-like but these were exactly that.

hemingway

Hemingway Is Lost Again – from the Pool menu

 

The rooftop pool has its own beverage list and Jeremy came up with his variation of a Hemingway. This served long and on ice is delightfully refreshing. Bonus, if you stay at the hotel, you get access to the special section with the cabanas (see top photo).

Jalisco Kisses

Jalisco Kisses

 

We also had a chance to taste a cocktail Jeremy submitted for a magazine shoot. Jalisco Kisses as the name implies is tequila, grapefruit, white pepper syrup (made with chamomile, agave and white pepper) and a whole lot of love. Perhaps Jeremy will show you how to make this for your honey.

chocolate

chocolate

bombolini

doughnuts

 

It’s not the sweetest holiday without dessert. This evening I was feeling the chocolate a bit more than the doughnuts but either would probably produce a swoon or two.

 

Caulfield’s Bar & Dining Room at the Thompson Beverly Hills

9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212  —  (310) 388-6860

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