4 Craft Cocktails You Should Try This Year

 “Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past
The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

To celebrate the 10th year of Nifty 50s, the Cliffs Resort, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, The Apple Farm Wine Country Inn, and the SeaVenture Beach Hotel, are adding a special craft cocktail to this already abundant hotel package.  

This fabulous Nifty 50s getaway is available for anyone born in 1966 or before. Back then, it was such a fascinating and crazy era.   And some of us might remember, though it might be challenging to do so, the most popular cocktails in the 60s included a Tom Collins, Old Fashion, Brandy Alexander, Manhattan, Rob Roy, Sloe Screw, Whiskey Sour, Grasshopper, just to name a few.

But the word cocktail actually was first used and wrote about in 1806, by a journalist named Harry Croswell, who tells us that a Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits …it renders the heart stout and bold…a person having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.”

Yet from 1966, let alone from the early 19th century, cocktails have certainly changed. For our time, these master bartenders have created four intriguing craft cocktails. These special cocktails—and great room rates and other amazing perks—are included in the Nifty 50s package, until February 10, 2017, at these four Boutique Hotel Collection properties.


Fittingly, the Apple Farm is featuring an Apple Mojito! Starts with muddled fresh squeezed lime and mint leave, then Bacardi White Rum and Meyers Rum are added, and then it’s finished with a touch of house-made cinnamon sauce, and served over ice and garnished with fresh-picked lime and mint leaves. A Mojito as unique as the Apple Farm itself!


Inspired by its panoramic right-on-the-beach views, the SeaVenture has created its “Pismo Pier-Fection" craft cocktail. Their mixologists have created a sensual concoction of house-made infused Tito’s Vodka, Hypnotiq, fresh squeezed pineapple juice, Blue Curaco, and Champagne. Don’t miss this hipster meets Don Ho cocktail!



As this property has its own one-acre organic “Chef’s Garden,” this Blackberry Basil Martini is all about perky farm-to-cocktail deliciousness.  Fresh basil—straight from the Chef’s Garden—and farmers’ market blackberries are muddled into a pint glass. Then Ford’s Gin, a slow squeeze of a juicy lime, and a fresh house-made Chef’s Garden simple syrup of lavender are added. Next it is shaken (not stirred—James Bond), until chilled and then delicately strained into a martini glass, topped with a splash of soda water. Experience life on the wild side!



This “Lavender Lemon Cocktail” contains Takka gin, lemon juice, house-made lavender infused syrup, and is topped with club soda and ice, and garnished with fresh Meyer lemon and locally grown lavender. This cocktail is reminiscent of the stunning Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing: sophisticated, fun, and elegant—just like Cliffs Resort!