What To Drink At The New Poolside Elixir Bar & Grill at the V Palm Springs Hotel
One of the newest additions to our hotel scene is the V Palm Springs. The 1960s multi-building complex was once a Travelodge and then known as the Curve, a nod to its location in the southern end of town where South Palm Canyon Drive curves and merges with East Palm Canyon Drive.
Los Angeles-based lawyers Mark Geragos and Brian Kabateck are now the owners of the 140-room property and they’ve infused it with a fresh, new look that plays up its 60s heritage, including screen block dividers and large rock-faced walls.
Among the many updates and renovations is a new pool and the adjacent Elixir Pool Bar & Grill, a Polynesian-inspired venue that features its own version of Asian-fusion BBQ food.
To guide us through the bar’s diverse cocktail menu, we touched base with Greg Grossman who is the founder and chef of Elixir. “We would definitely recommend the Cucumber Crush and In Love with the Cacao, which are proving to be two of our most popular cocktails,” says Grossman. “The Cucumber Crush is particularly refreshing, especially as temperatures rise in the desert. In Love with the Cacao has a tropical taste and is served in a coconut, which always helps get people in vacation mode!”
The Cucumber Crush is made with citron vodka, Velvet Falernum (a spiced, sweet-tart liqueur), cucumber, pineapple, and lime. In Love with the Cacao contains Solbeso (a liquor made from cacao fruit), Cherry Heering (a liqueur made with crushed Danish cherries and a blend of spices), orange liquor, Coco López (cream of coconut), pineapple, and lime.
“The Tuna Tartare Cigars are a refreshing accompaniment to either cocktail” adds Grossman.
V Palm Springs, 333 East Palm Canyon Drive, 760-327-1211
Captions (top to bottom):
The poolside Elixir Pool Bar & Grill.
In Love with the Cacao
Photography Courtesy of V Palm Springs