Around the World in 5 Glasses

August 27, 2014 No comments » [ssba]

This group of gals is about to go around the world at The Cellar Lounge

There is less than a month of summer left.  Hopefully our guests and Members have had a sensational season, filled with vacations, long and lazy sunny days and plenty of thirst-quenching wine. If not, and your dreams of summer travel were squashed in the midst of work and unforeseen events, we’re here to tell you that a trip around the world before summer is over is not out of the question.

How would you like to be whisked away to the likes of coastal Italy or Greece?  Perhaps a journey across the pond to England is more your style.  Or maybe China or Indonesia is your ideal escape?  The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn can take you there.  Tucked away beneath our luxurious yet comfortable 60-room boutique hotel sits the only full-service cocktail bar in Temecula Valley.  Styled like a 1920’s speakeasy, The Cellar Lounge offers up microbrews, small plates of food, local and international wines and artisan martini’s, each inspired by an exotic locale.  Relax, order a drink, and wait for the Mediterranean sunrays to wash over you, even if only in your mind…

Choose your ultimate destination…in a glass!

The Catania, named and inspired by the Sicilian city facing the Ionian sea, is a perfectly mixed martini which combines ice-cold vodka, Grand Marnier, blood orange liqueur and fresh orange juice.  Fresh, a little sweet and a touch bitter, it is a flawless nod to Italy’s most famous island and the citrus fruit grown there.

For anyone who craves a warm and sultry trip to Greece, the Santorini is for you.  Our mixologists shake up vodka, organic cucumber liqueur and freshly squeezed lemon juice for the ultimate summer cocktail.  This is perfect for a warm Temecula summer day and will have you daydreaming of crystal-blue waters and whitewashed, cliffside villas.

If the phrases “Cheerio” and “Long live the queen!” appeal to you, you may find yourself ordering the London, a martini that mixes gin, fresh lime juice, dry vermouth and a surprising bit of fresh jalapeno.  Gin gets its flavor from juniper berries and has been a wildly popular spirit in Great Britain since the Middle Ages, so it’s no surprise that it makes an appearance in London. While we can’t offer Bangers and Mash at The Cellar Lounge, this cocktail might be pleasant with our Butcher and Cheese Board.

If getting far, far away is your idea of a vacation, consider the Macao, our superb martini inspired by the subtropical region in China.  Elderflower-flavored St. Germain liqueur, all natural ginger liqueur and Ponte Moscato sparkling wine come together in a martini glass to create one of the most delicious and striking cocktails we offer.

And, finally, if you are one who is intrigued by the exotic and has a bit of a sweet tooth, the Java is for you.  Taking its cue from the Indonesian island it’s named after, Java is a cool concoction of caramel-flavored vodka, cream liqueur and espresso liqueur.  We love Java at the end of a long day or to polish off a wonderful meal.  Don’t be surprised to find yourself closing your eyes and imagining you’re swinging in a hammock on a beach at sunset.

While we don’t recommend you go “around the world” in one sitting at The Cellar Lounge, this tour of the globe is absolutely something you could experience over the course of a weekend stay at Ponte Vineyard Inn.  Our rooms and suites, excellent service and off-the-beaten-path location are the trinity for a great end-of-summer getaway.  Book your stay here.

And, just so you know, there are even more vacation destinations awaiting you at The Cellar Lounge…a Spanish tour of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia can be found on our Sangria menu, while journeys to the likes of Venice, Monte Carlo and Los Cabos can be found on our selection of cocktails served on the rocks.  Go on, get away already!

A trio of Spanish Sangrias

–Erica Martinez

–Where is the one place in the world you’d like to visit?

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