Tucked inside the first floor lobby of Le Méridien Philadelphia, aMuse has a sleek and sexy style (think a handsome bar, fireplace, chandeliers and black leather seating). Executive chef Jennifer Salhoff creates classic French dishes with a contemporary twist. It may be an intimate space but its cocktail list makes a big impression, especially when presented in smokescented glasses and luxe flasks. Signature cocktails look to a number of leading ladies, including Philadelphia’s own princess, Grace Kelly. Channel your own little bit of Grace with this delicious drink. 

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. St-Germain
—0.25 oz. Lime juice
—1 oz. Bluecoat gin
—cucumber slices
—basil

DIRECTIONS
Muddle two slices of cucumber and spring basil with St-Germain in shaker and then add the ice, gin and lime juice, shake hard and double strain. Serve over new ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cucumber wedge.

Courtesy of aMuse at Le Méridien Philadelphia

Atop the new Pod Brooklyn is RFTP, a bar and lounge with views of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood and the Manhattan skyline. Much like the Pod Hotels brand, RFTP is modern, minimal and cool. With a zinc bar and cushioned wooden “banquettes,” the space can host private events for up to 200 guests.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
—lemonade
—cucumber
—mint leaves
—soda water

 

Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) held an event with corporate planners at Mistral at the King of Prussia Mall to spread the word about Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA, which debuted in July at the Big Top on the grounds of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.