Celebrate Super Bowl this Sunday with a Specialty Cocktail

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Whether you are a Baltimore or San Francisco fan, this Sunday’s Super Bowl is sure not to disappoint. But even if your football team didnt make it to the end of the season, you can still join in the team spirit of avid fans with these themed cocktails.

BALTIMORE RAVENS – THE RAVEN

the raven cocktailThe Raven is a dark and mysterious cocktail that adapted from other recipes. I like this one because it contains ingredients that are more common in bars than those found in other Ravens.

Ingredients:

* 1 oz vodka
* 1 oz rum
* 1 oz blue curacao
* 1/2 oz Chambord

Preparation:

1. Pour the vodka, rum and blue curacao into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
3. Slowly pour the Chambord over the back of a bar spoon so it floats on top.

*The key to this drink is the layer which is rather easy to obtain in this mix as the blue shaken mix is much lighter than the Chambord and they rarely break the layers unless stirred.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – THE BAY BOMBER 

cucumber honeydew cocktail

Crisp and refreshing like the city, it’s a drink every fan will enjoy!

Ingredients:

*2 tablespoons kosher salt
*2 tablespoons sugar.
*2 tablespoons ground fennel seeds

*1 lime wedge
*8 ounces gin
*2 cups chilled chopped peeled cucumber
*2 cups chilled chopped honeydew melon
*6 ounces fresh lemon juice
*1 cup honey
*5 cups ice
*Cucumber wheels and honeydew melon balls, for garnish

Preparation:

    1. Make the sweet fennel salt: In a medium bowl, mix the kosher salt, sugar and ground fennel seeds
    2. Make the cocktail: Moisten half of the outer rim of 6 chilled white wine glasses with the lime wedge and coat lightly with the sweet fennel salt
    3. In a blender, combine all of the remaining ingredients except the garnishes and blend until smooth. Pour the drink into the glasses. Garnish the drinks with the cucumber wheels and honeydew melon balls.

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Buffet1-46_RM10_hiRather have your cocktail made by a professional? Visit Cafe Sierra Super Bowl Sunday and enjoy the Champagne Jazz Brunch before the game or pull up a bar stool in the Atrium lounge for your favorite beverage while you enjoy the game.

Article provided by Stiletto Sports.

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From the Kitchen: Ceviche

SAVOR SATURDAY:

Executive Chef George Sit adds his own personal flair for international cuisine to every dish he prepares. He shares yet another treasure with the guests of Cafe Sierra Restaurant, located in Los Angeles, CA.

The Ceviche recipe is a variation from the traditional Mexican-style ceviche influenced by contemporary Mexican-California fusion. For best result, do not exceed 12-hours when marinating the seafood.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Fresh Halibut
  • 1 ozFresh Ahi Tuna
  • 2 Shrimp U-15 cooked
  • 2 oz Scallop 10-20
  • 2 oz Baby Octopus Tako
  • 3 oz Julienne Mango, Peppers
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 oz Thinly sliced jalapeno
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • 2 pc Bibb Lettuce
  • Thinly sliced tomato julienne
  • 1 pc Lobster shell
  • Garnish – Cherry tomato halves

Preparation:

  1. Thinly slice the fresh halibut, Ahi and baby octopus
  2. Marinade all the fresh seafood with lime juice, salt and pepper.
  3. Before serving, add julienne vegetables, Set Bibb lettuce onto center of plate, then place the top lobster shell and scoop seafood inside shell.
  4. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, julienne mango and cherry tomato halves.

Los Angeles Restaurant Chef from Hilton Family Hotel in Universal City

Executive Chef George Sit

Born and raised in Singapore, Chef George is a seasoned professional running a highly successful food and beverage operation at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City. Attracted by the ability to travel, he entered the culinary world inspired to hone his craft working with diverse chefs around the world. His talent has taken him from Singapore to Bermuda, Switzerland to Canada, Florida to Tennessee, and even our nation’s capital. This broad knowledge is translated in his philosophy to always provide cuisine that is visually appetizing with an element of flavorful excitement.

 

Find more of his culinary inspirations in the Chef’s Corner.

For reservations at Cafe Sierra Restaurant or more information regarding party parties, please contact the restaurant staff at 818.509.2030.

From the Kitchen: Breakfast Granola

SAVOR SATURDAY:

Executive Chef George Sit adds his own personal flair for international cuisine to every dish he prepares. He shares yet another treasure with the guests of Cafe Sierra Restaurant, located in Los Angeles, CA.

The Breakfast Granola is often featured on our weekly on the Jazz Champagne Brunch, hosted Saturday and Sunday mornings. See below for reservation information.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Old fashion Oats
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup assorted dried fruits

Preparation:

  • Pre -heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Line sheet pan with parchment paper
  • Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl
  • Stir honey and vegetable oil in low heat until smooth
  • Pour over oat meal mixture and toss
  • Spread evenly onto parchment sheet pan
  • Baked until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. For 40 minutes
  • Stir granola, add in mixture dried fruit when cold
  • Store in air tight container

Los Angeles Restaurant Chef from Hilton Family Hotel in Universal City

Executive Chef George Sit

Born and raised in Singapore, Chef George is a seasoned professional running a highly successful food and beverage operation at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City. Attracted by the ability to travel, he entered the culinary world inspired to hone his craft working with diverse chefs around the world. His talent has taken him from Singapore to Bermuda, Switzerland to Canada, Florida to Tennessee, and even our nation’s capital. This broad knowledge is translated in his philosophy to always provide cuisine that is visually appetizing with an element of flavorful excitement.

 

Find more of his culinary inspirations in the Chef’s Corner.

For reservations at Cafe Sierra Restaurant or more information regarding party parties, please contact the restaurant staff at 818.509.2030.

‘Twelve Drinks Of Christmas’ And Holiday Happiness

SAVOR SATURDAY:

Our fellow Hilton teams in the United Kingdom have put together an interesting list of inspired cocktails for celebrating the season. While you may not be able to cross the pond to enjoy the delights designed for visitors, you can take the holiday spirit of their list and create your own unique holiday bar menu.

Holiday inspired dishes from Hilton hotels

LONDON – Hilton Hotels & Resorts is introducing a new range of cocktails this week exclusively designed to celebrate the festive season.  Aptly named ‘The Twelve Drinks of Christmas’, the festive cocktails will be available in sixteen Hilton hotels across the UK for the month of December.

Taking inspiration from The Twelve Days of Christmas song, Hilton has created this limited edition range of cocktails by utilising the most delicious seasonal flavours.  Award-winning mixologists, Nelson Bernardes and Daniel Carvalho from The Waldorf Hilton, London, have taken one of the oldest and most popular Christmas songs and brought it to life in glasses of contemporary, yet seasonally evocative flavours, including port wine, blackberry and cinnamon.

The divine connotations of the festive season are reflected in the taste combination in each of the cocktails.

A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE – This delicious cocktail combines the refreshing flavour of pear with a thyme undertone and a gentle caramel infusion. Served in a tall glass with fresh thyme and a pear fan.

Ingredients: Absolut Pear, lemon juice, caramel syrup, apple juice and thyme.

TWO TURTLE DOVES – Indulgent, nutty and like a warm duvet on a cold winter’s day, this cocktail is perfect for those looking for something smooth and decadent. With a delicious blend of Baileys, rum and espresso, this creamy treat is deliciously tempting.  Served in a rock glass and decorated with a chocolate rim and real coffee beans.

Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Frangelico, Baileys, espresso coffee and vanilla syrup.

THREE FRENCH HENS – Sophisticated, rich and uncomplicated, this cocktail is silky smooth and full of character.  Combining the Christmas classics, Advocat and cinnamon, this frothy treat is served in a brandy glass and garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Advocat, Kahlua and cinnamon.

FOUR CALLING BIRDS – This cocktail is definitely calling out to everyone at this festive time.  Decorated with a nest of ice and fresh berries, the combination of bourbon and raspberry liqueur is tradition married with a contemporary twist. Served in a rock glass with fresh fruit and mint.

Ingredients: Buffalo Trace, Chambord, chocolate liqueur, raspberry liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and fresh mint leaves.

FIVE GOLD RINGS – This rich cocktail is pure decadence in a glass.  The Christmas-fuelled cinnamon schnapps will leave a subtle butterscotch kiss combined with a tawny hint of port taste.  Served with flakes of real gold leaf, this cocktail will give the Midas touch.  Fit for a king, this cocktail is served in a Martini glass with an apple fan and cinnamon stick.

Ingredients: Goldschlager, port wine, butterscotch and apple juice.

SIX GEESE A-LAYING – A delicious combination of rum, Martini and Amaretto, this cocktail has a warm and velvety texture.  With a thick layer of floating cream and real hazelnuts, this cocktail is as delicate as snowflakes and as cold as ice.  Served in a brandy glass with fresh cream and nuts.

Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Martini Rosso, Frangelico, Amaretto, sugar syrup and cream.

SEVEN SWANS A-SWIMMING – This award-winning combination of flavours is bound to get the feathers ruffled.  The use of elderflower liqueur, grass vodka, fresh lemon juice and rosemary gives this stunning cocktail a sherberty burst.  Served in a Martini glass, this cocktail has a frothy egg white hat accompanied by a romantic rosemary sprig.

Ingredients: Zubrowka, St. Germain, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white, rosemary.

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKINGA – creamy strawberry smoothie with a hint of coconut, this cocktail is ‘maid’ for those with a fruity palette.  She may look innocent but don’t be fooled, this wickedly sexy drink can bite back! Served in a Martini glass with a fresh strawberry and a coconut trim.

Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Crème de Cassis, coconut cream, strawberry puree and fresh cream.

NINE LADIES DANCING – This bubbly explosion of berry flavours is surprisingly light and refreshing, but tickles the tongue when least expected! This sexy tipple is perfect for Champagne cocktail lovers. Served in a Champagne flute with a delicately sugar-coated blackberry to bring out its berry hints.

Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Crème de Mure, lemon juice, sugar syrup and topped with Champagne.

TEN LORDS A-LEAPING – Strong, classic and heady, this cocktail is all-man.  Not for the faint-hearted, this mature cocktail is Christmas pudding in a glass with a hint of warming spice from the confident combination of Grand Marnier, cognac and red wine.  Served in a wine glass with orange zest and evergreen cloves.

Ingredients: Merlot, Martell VS Cognac, chocolate liqueur and Grand Marnier.

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING – This spicy combination will blow the mind.  Combined with a strong malt whisky base this cheeky cocktail will leave a hot chilli sensation on the tongue.  Flirtatious and bold, this cocktail will be heard coming for miles around.  Served in a Martini glass with redcurrants and fresh chilli.

Ingredients: Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky, chocolate liqueur, blackcurrant jam, cranberry juice and slices of fresh chilli.

TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING – This cocktail will leave a smouldering taste with its smoky, yet fruity flavour.  Using an elegant combination of smoky whisky, port, peach liqueur and apple juice, it’ll get the heart beating like a drum! Served in a rock glass with fresh peach and blackberry.

Ingredients: Port, peach liqueur, apple juice and Lagavulin.

The Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties serving The 12 Drinks of Christmas are:

  • The Waldorf Hilton, London
  • Hilton London Metropole
  • Hilton Liverpool
  • Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
  • Hilton Cardiff
  • Hilton Birmingham Metropole
  • Hilton Manchester Deansgate
  • Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh
  • Hilton Craigendarroch
  • Hilton Reading
  • Hilton Glasgow
  • Hilton Coylumbridge
  • Hilton London Gatwick Airport
  • Hilton London Heathrow Airport
  • Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Hilton London Canary Wharf

From the Kitchen: Caramelized Chipotle Chicken

SAVOR SATURDAY:

Executive Chef George Sit adds his own personal flair for international cuisine to every dish he prepares. He shares yet another treasure with the guests of Cafe Sierra Restaurant, located in Los Angeles, CA.

The Caramelized Chipotle Chicken is available weekly on the Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet, hosted Thursday thru Sunday nights. See below for reservation information.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp djon mustard
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 7 oz can chipotle chiles
  • 1 tbsp lea and perrin sauce
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 x 3 lb chicken cut 8 way each

Preparation:

  • Heat sliced garlic and onions in medium heat with vegetable oil
  • Add the garlic and the remaining ingredients except the chicken.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place chicken skin side up in sheet pan
  • Coat chicken in sauce and baked until golden brown.

Los Angeles Restaurant Chef from Hilton Family Hotel in Universal City

Born and raised in Singapore, Chef George is a seasoned professional running a highly successful food and beverage operation at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City. Attracted by the ability to travel, he entered the culinary world inspired to hone his craft working with diverse chefs around the world. His talent has taken him from Singapore to Bermuda, Switzerland to Canada, Florida to Tennessee, and even our nation’s capital. This broad knowledge is translated in his philosophy to always provide cuisine that is visually appetizing with an element of flavorful excitement.

Find more of his culinary inspirations in the Chef’s Corner.

For reservations at Cafe Sierra Restaurant or more information regarding party parties, please contact the restaurant staff at 818.509.2030.0

From the Kitchen: Mango Sesame Dressing

Executive Chef George Sit has his own personal flair for Pacific Rim cuisine. He shares yet another treasure with the guests of Cafe Sierra Restaurant, located in Los Angeles, CA.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup chutney
  • 6 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 6 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 bulbs garlic clove
  • 6 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp oriental sesame oil
  • 1 ½ tsp Djon mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp crushed red pepper

Preparation Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender
  2. Ideal when used for sushi and sashimi preparation



Los Angeles Restaurant Chef from Hilton Family Hotel in Universal City

Executive Chef George Sit

Born and raised in Singapore, Chef George is a seasoned professional running a highly successful food and beverage operation at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City. Attracted by the ability to travel, he entered the culinary world inspired to hone his craft working with diverse chefs around the world. His talent has taken him from Singapore to Bermuda, Switzerland to Canada, Florida to Tennessee, and even our nation’s capital. This broad knowledge is translated in his philosophy to always provide cuisine that is visually appetizing with an element of flavorful excitement.

Find more of his culinary inspirations in the Chef’s corner at http://www.CafeSierraHilton.com.

For reservations at Cafe Sierra Restaurant or more information regarding party parties, please contact the restaurant staff at 818.509.2030.0

From the Kitchen: Seared Pacific Salmon & Crab

Ingredients:

  • Salmon 6 oz
  • King Crab meat only 4 oz
  • Baby Spinach 1 Cup
  • *Lemon Butter sauce 3 oz

Preparation Method:

  1. Season salmon with salt, white pepper and fresh lemon juice. Coat salmon in flour then lightly pan sauté in butter.
  2. When salmon is cooked removed from pan and discard any left over burnt butter.
  3. Heat king crab meat in hot water bath.
  4. Sauté fresh spinach in butter.
  5. Set salmon onto plate, top with sauté fresh spinach, then top spinach with the heated crab meat and ladle over with lemon butter sauce.
  6. Garnish with desired sauteed seasonal vegetables and starch.



Los Angeles Restaurant Chef from Hilton Family Hotel in Universal City

Executive Chef George Sit

Born and raised in Singapore, Chef George is a seasoned professional running a highly successful food and beverage operation at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City. Attracted by the ability to travel, he entered the culinary world inspired to hone his craft working with diverse chefs around the world. His talent has taken him from Singapore to Bermuda, Switzerland to Canada, Florida to Tennessee, and even our nation’s capital. This broad knowledge is translated in his philosophy to always provide cuisine that is visually appetizing with an element of flavorful excitement.

Find more of his culinary inspirations in the Chef’s corner at http://www.CafeSierraHilton.com.

For reservations at Cafe Sierra Restaurant or more information regarding party parties, please contact the restaurant staff at 818.509.2030.0