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Summer 2017

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172 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 drink Old Cubana La Playa Hotel Camino Real at 8th Avenue Carmel • 831/293.6100 Photo: Kelli Uldall T here are classic cocktails, and then there are classic cocktails with a twist. La Playa Hotel's Old Cubana gives new life to the classic Havana-born mojito by adding a splash of bubbles. "We're working on a series of drinks off old classics," says Manager Bastiaan de Winter. "Most classic cocktails were invented in historic hotels." La Playa certainly qualifies, built in 1905 by the Ghiradelli family (of chocolate fame). The newly restored property's bar draws a unique mix of guests, tourists and locals. The bartender tandem of Duncan Llovio and Jevana Bouquin plan to introduce other classic libations because, Bouquin says, "They stand the test of time." —Larry Harland P R E PA R AT I O N : Lightly muddle mint in bottom of shaker. Add bitters and other ingredi- ents (except Champagne), and shake with ice. Strain into cocktail glass and fill to top with Champagne. Garnish with lime and mint sprig. I N G R E D I E N T S : • 1½ oz. aged rum • ½ oz. simple syrup • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice • 4 mint leaves • 2 dashes Angostura bitters • Splash of Champagne

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