Jové Kitchen & Bar Offers Classic Cocktails With an Italian Twist

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We have a thing for cocktails around here.

Whether its a classic Manhattan or daiquiri or some interesting mix of something less conventional like mezcal, we're all about it as long as its made well.

While South Florida has been a bit late to the cocktail game, we're making up for lost time with a number of new mixology driven spots.

Jové Kitchen & Bar at the Four Seasons Palm Beach is the newest place to follow suit with the national obsession for all things booze.

See Also: Ten Best Bars for Cocktails in Palm Beach County

As part of a rebranding for several Four Seasons Resort properties, Jové is bringing a younger, hipper vibe to the hotel.

"We're working on changing the restaurants to relevant, fun, contemporary, and approachable concepts," says general manager Karma Tsepal. "The Four Seasons started creating fun restaurants in D.C. and L.A."

The goal was to create a laid-back lounge and bar vibe, a place to relax with a drink before heading over to a table for dinner.

The bar program is now focusing on offering a variety of classic cocktails and a selection of drinks made with Italian spirits.

It has expanded its list of spirits to include items like rye and clear liquors, and is now using fresh squeezed juices as well as herbs from the resort's garden.

Most of the drinks on the menu have a story behind them.

The Kerouac Cocktail ($16), a combination of Herradura Reposado tequila, Aperol, Luxardo Triple Sec, lime, grapefruit, and agave nectar; it's said it was inspired by Kerouac's travels through Mexico and his love of Margaritas.

The Blood and Sand ($15), Johnnie Walker Black Scotch, Cherry Heering, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, and orange; a classic Scotch drink dating back to 1922 made for Rudolph Valentino's silent movie Blood and Sand.

"People don't think of Scotch as an ingredient for mixed drinks," says Tsepal. "But it's really light and refreshing."

Although many of the classics incorporate Italian-made ingredients, the section of Italian Twists highlights spirits and liqueurs that are not commonly found in most American bar programs.

Drinks like the Fernet Branca Manhattan ($16) with St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, and Angostura Bitters and the Cynar Libre ($13) with Cynar -- and Italian bitter liqueur -- Coca-Cola, and ginger combine Italian aperitifs and digestifs.

"Rather than going for a glass of their favorite wine, guests are starting with cocktails now," says Tsepal.

That's exactly the point.

See Also: Jové Kitchen & Bar: Updated Modern Italian at the Four Seasons

Jové at the Four Seasons is located at 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach. Call 561-540-3238, or visit fourseasons.com/palmbeach.

Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.

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