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NIGHTLIFE: Claremont hotel serves up tasty summer sensations

The summer lounge scene at Hotel Casa 425 just got hotter.

The hotel recently launched their new summer food and drink menu featuring local goods from the Claremont Farmers’ Market. Lounge mixologist, Will Van Leuven, has concocted 3 new summer cocktails for the drink menu:

Kentucky Rose includes rosemary and orange-infused Jim Beam bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup shaken with brown sugar, basil leaves and house-made citrus bitters. The robust cocktail is similar in taste to a mojito or a mint julep.

La Coquette is a lavender Smirnoff cocktail with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and lemon juice shaken with a sugar cube and house-made lemon bitters.

Berry Spicy Margarita is a drink for the adventurous. It includes a jalapeño-cucumber infused El Jimador Blanco tequila, muddled berries, agave nectar, limejuice and house-made jalapeño bitters shaken and served over ice. One lounge patron commented that the drink reminds him of Mexican candy he enjoyed as a child.

The new summer menu includes Cajun calamari, pulled pork sliders, Champagne Chevre salad and LaFrieda croissant: a juicy, rare-cooked 8 oz. chuck and short rib patty with jalapeño bacon, tomato jam and marbled blue cheese on a warm croissant bun.

This is not your typical bar food and lives up to the expectations of a Claremont foodie. The gourmet food and atmosphere lends certain sophistication to the dining experience and one may feel the need to eat their burger with a knife and fork. Yet the atmosphere is relaxed enough to feel incredibly comfortable amid the posh setting.

Along with the new cocktails and menu items, guests will be entertained with live jazz and flamenco music in the courtyard. Catch the performances Saturdays, July 14 and 28 and Saturdays, August 11 and 25.

Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge is located at 425 W. First St., Claremont. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. daily, with select small plates and drinks ranging from $5 to $10.

—Jenelle Rensch

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