Signature Drink: The Bergonian

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this summer, Seattle’s Mayflower Park Hotel started life as the Bergonian Hotel on July 16, 1927, and has been in continuous operation ever since. The hotel was named after original owner Stephen Berg and his love of The Oregonian newspaper. In salute to its 90 years of service and with a nod to its past, Mayflower Park created The Bergonian cocktail. Raise a glass to honor an icon in Seattle’s hospitality history.

—2 oz. Copperworks gin
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—.25 oz. crème de cassis
—.25 oz. Espirit de June
—.25 oz. fresh lemon juice  
—.25 oz. cabe

Combine the first five ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with the cabernet and a splash of Prosecco. Cheers!

Courtesy of Mayflower Park Hotel 

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Melissa Jurcan, president of ILEA Seattle, penned a moving tribute to the hospitality industry for the Emerald City Applause Awards. Here is an abridged version.