As a frequent traveler, I sometimes forget just how much there is to do in my own city of Baton Rouge, LA. When I’m home, I’m a semi-hermit, relaxing on the back patio with a glass of wine, spending time with my family or an afternoon of writing. When I was invited to an intimate blogger’s event at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Baton Rouge, I thought it was time to step out my self-imposed exile and get social again.
The dinner was delicious and this boutique hotel offers really nice digs, but what impressed (and surprised) me the most was the level of mixology offered at this unassuming hotel bar. Our four course meal began with a prelude of a Teddy Bear Margarita. The cocktail chef, Ken, served us his special twist on this classic cocktail. It was light, refreshing, and pretty darn tasty. Each local inspired course was accompanied by a either a cocktail or beer with area roots.
After dinner, we took a tour of Baton Rouge’s only boutique hotel to talk about design and amenities. A few of us talked shop before going home and were again entertained with the mixology talent of Ken. He demonstrated what he calls a Very Berry Mojito, which was topped with a splash of sparkling wine. Once again, Ken’s talent produced a well mixed cocktail that rated high in presentation and taste.
We concluded our evening with a tasting of Ken’s 1st Place Pimm’s Cup, which was Ken’s version of the classic Pimm’s Cup cocktail. A bar neighbor also wanted to try this cocktail and drank the entire cocktail, claiming he wasn’t much into cocktails but Ken’s mixology may have turned him into a cocktail lover.
Guests at Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge are in for a treat if they venture down to the King Bar and Grill, the hotel lobby restaurant and bar. Ken is pouring drinks Sunday through Thursday evenings. Go online to learn more about Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge.