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M&C Web Exclusive: Tapas and Drinks in Tandem
Chefs and mixologistsat the May Fair Bar at the five-star May Fair Hotel in London recently debuted a line of tapas-and-drink trios inspired by European destinations (see this month's Hot Ideas). Here are some more artfully shot photographs of the lavish libations; for more information, visit

martinisMartini Flight
About $37 each, in Amsterdam, London and Milan versions
The Amsterdam seeks to invigorate the senses with a Beefeater gin martini mixed with fennel, licorice and sugar and paired with a fennel salad topped with a poached quail egg.
The London version combines Stoli Strasberi with double cream, 21-year-old balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and sugar. The sweet flavors are carried over with the strawberry compote atop smoked duck.

A Milan-inspired martini
combines Grey Goose Vodka L'Orange with bright citrus flavors like grapefruit and blood orange, completed with a touch of olive oil and Campari. A pink grapefruit macaroon and basil citrus sorbet make for a sweet landing. 

champagneChampagne Flight
about $50 each

The Amarillo: Amaretto, Grey Goose La Poire, Hennessy XO, maraschino cherry liquor, apple juice and pear purée topped with champagne accompanies a hot pear tart.

The Opium: A pomegranate and champagne concoction is paired with pomegranate jelly, a golden raisin puree and champagne granite.

The Schiaparelli: A watermelon and champagne cocktail accompanies watermelon with haloumi fritters and fresh black olive powder.

VivaboxSurprise package. Recipients open their Vivabox to find a special preview gift (like body lotion and bath salts) and a gift certificate for something to enjoy later (a facial or massage). $45 and up. (877) 700-0269;






lapsackConsolidate. Why carry a purse and a laptop bag? The Lapsac doubles as both and comes lined with a waterproof interior. $68; available in four colors. (866) 494-0494;










finger foodHandy solution. Hold that tasty morsel on the tip of your finger to keep your other hand free for drinking and handshaking. $12 for a set of 10. (718) 599-9221;









pillowHealthy dreams.
The Tysons Corner Marriott in Vienna, Va., gives homemade granola and dried fruit as a healthier pillow gift. The amenity can be arranged for groups; pricing upon request. (800) 228-9290;











hoodieBeats a blanket.
Get cozy on flights in the ingenious Burton Sleeper Hoodie. The zip-up has an inflatable neck pillow, pockets for iPods and portholes with earphones. Available in men's and women's styles. $100 each. (877) 313-1977;











tapasTantalizing tapas. We love the themed tapas with martini, whiskey or champagne "flight" combinations at the May Fair hotel bar in London. For details, see below. (800) 333-3333;