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

INGREDIENTS:
• 1.5 oz Plantation 3 Stars rum
• .5 oz Aperol
• 1 oz pineapple juice
• .5 oz lemon juice
• .5 oz Orgeat
• 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

DIRECTIONS:
Shake and double strain into your favorite Tiki mug and add ice.

 

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The 37th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference took place on April 16-18 at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The three-day conference, hosted by former White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz, included educational sessions, panel discussions in the form of campfires, workshops, culinary tours and tastings, as well as the annual Global Copper Skillet competition.