If you are traveling to enjoy the 17th Annual Redondo Beach Surf & Turf Lobster Festival, to be held at the Seaside Lagoon on September 21 through 23, don’t miss an opportunity to stop by the chic BALEEN Kitchen in the Portofino Hotel & Marina to sample cocktails and small plates now on their new scrumptious restaurant & bar menu. The hotel is located steps from the Seaside Lagoon festival site. Visit: www.lobsterfestival.com for details.

The BALEEN Martini is a sweet magical muddled cocktail that pairs well with the Charcuterie Plate or Shrimp “Ajillo”.
BALEEN Martini
1 ½ oz. Skyy
1 oz  lime juice
1 oz  lavender simple syrup (house made or Monin)
3 blueberries muddled
Method: Shake and Fine Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with lavender sprig
BALEEN Passion Flower is ideal to enjoy with a small plate of warm blue cheese, dates & almonds or crispy calamari.

BALEEN Passion Flower
2 oz  10 Cane Rum

1 oz  lime
1 oz  Funkin Passion fruit puree
1 oz  simple syrup
2 strawberries
Method: muddle berries in lime, ad ingredients and shake well. Shake and Fine Strain into a cocktail glass.
By Bonnie Carroll, www.lifebitesnews.com