Friday, November 27, 2015

Ratree & Elephant Bar: Four Seasons Chaing Mai

The perfect place to watch the sun set and relax on the terrace under large Thai umbrellas nestled within charming elephant stands, this open, pavilion-style lounge at the Four Seasons Chaing Mai offers a truly relaxing ambience. With a creative special selection of signature cocktails by renowned Barcelona cocktail master Javier de las Muelas, of Dry Martini Bar in San Sebastien, we were able to sample many of his whimsical concoctions over cocktail hour each night, as the sun set and the sky changed from liquid blue to jet black with a canopy of stars overhead. Known for creating avant-garde cocktails that combine intricate preparations, unique textures and complex flavours, Javier de las Muelas' cocktail menu promised a surprise each evening at cocktail hour. The famed mixologist compares cocktail-making to painting — it's a multi-sensory experience.

View from our lounging bed at the Ratree Lounge overlooking the upper pool and rice barn

The Jim-Let Fox-Trot cocktail with Tanqueray Gin, Thai Lime and Fever Tree Tonic

Chiang Mai Mule with Stolichnaya Vodka, Chili, Ginger and Lime

Jungle Fever with Chalong Bay Rum, Cucumber, Lemon and Pineapple and served in a banana leaf tall glass tied with twine

Fried Banana Chips

Ratree Spritz (L) with Prosecco, Aperol, Cardamom and Mango, and a Blended Old Fashioned with Laphroig 10, Makers Mark and dewar's White label on ice

Geisha Heart Cocktail with Stolichnaya Vodka, Orange Curacao, Watermelon, Mango, Lime and Angostura Bitters, served in a heart-shaped bottle

Uncorked and poured into a highball glass, the Geisha Heart is garnished with Thai lemon and lime

Rock'n Mango with Tanqueray Gin, Cardamom, Ginger, Mango and Tangerine

Flowers in a ceramic bowl accented each table and lounge bed at the Ratree Bar

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