T. Cook’s & MixUP Bar Re-Launch—An Explosive Event and Cocktail Recipe

T. Cook’s & MixUP Bar Re-Launch—An Explosive Event and Cocktail Recipe

 

By Norman E. Hill & Maralyn D. Hill

Royal Palms Entry Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

Royal Palms Entry Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

Years ago, Gene Autry had a hit song, “In My Adobe Hacienda.” His glowing description pales in comparison to the elegant hacienda-like setting for the October reception. You felt the intimacy of a hacienda, but the décor was fresh and inviting, welcoming you to come in to relax or explore.

The MixUp Bar Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

The MixUp Bar Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

When we arrived, we were very impressed with the setting that combined hacienda and American flavors. We went inside and started to experience a host of stations, providing different drinks and food. These were all offered throughout the MixUP Bar and T.Cook’s dining and patio area. Even though there were a good number of guests, the flow of drinks, food, and people was smooth.

T. Cook's Dining Room Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

T. Cook’s Dining Room Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

We started outside with champagne, always a favorite of ours. Once inside, Maralyn received from Brad the mixolorgist, the complete recipe for a most tasty drink, Blackberry Bramble Shrub. It was very good, although I didn’t want to drive home after consuming this full drink. So Maralyn enjoyed her cocktail and Norm will have the Blackberry Bramble Shrub next time we visit.

T'Cooks 2 Seafood Dishes Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

T’Cooks 2 Seafood Dishes Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

The MixUP Bar has an amazing list of creative cocktails. Their mixologists have put their skills to good use.

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The MixUp Bar Blackberry Bramble Shrub Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

The MixUp Bar Blackberry Bramble Shrub Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

Blackberry Bramble Shrub

Ingredients:

1.5 ounces Hendricks Gin

.5 ounce Creme de mure

.5 ounce Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar (from Outrageous Olive Oils)

.75 ounce Simple Syrup

Sparkling Water

Method:

Pour in shaker. Shake well and pour over ice cubes. Garnish with blackberry on a toothpick.

Cheers!

T.Cook's Antelope Photo: Maralyn D. Hil

T.Cook’s Antelope Photo: Maralyn D. Hil

Talented chefs in the kitchen served from various stations, providing everything you could imagine. This enabled every guest to be satisfied with some aspects of the selections. We certainly were. Creativity displayed in the presentation and flavor were outstanding.

T.Cook's Pastry Cook Emma Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

T.Cook’s Pastry Cook Emma Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

Matthew, a pastry chef and his assistant Emma, offered us several of his excellent creations. These included bread pudding and a unique rendition of a frosted chocolate cookie base with caramel sauce.

Royal Palms Courtyard Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

Royal Palms Courtyard Photo: Maralyn D. Hill

We plan to visit Royal Palms again and look at its guest rooms and spa facilities. Guest rooms are being refurbished and 26 are completed. It would be nice to spend a night or two there and just relax and enjoy. We both like the size and intimacy of the Royal Palms surroundings.

We hope you enjoy our photographs from our evening to remember. Let us know if you try T.Cook’s and The MixUp Bar. We always enjoy feedback from our readers.

T.Cook’s and The MixUp Bar

Maralyn and Norm Hill

 

Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer & Norman E. Hill, Journalist

MDH-Board Member & Past President, NEH – Member International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association

MDH- Member SATW & SPJ, NEH – Member SPJ

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