By Alison Bailin Batz / Photo by Elizabeth Marie
When Hotel Adeline opened in March, ownership promised the initial launch would be quickly followed by culinary and cocktail plans for the venue by summer. And they delivered.
Over the past two months, the hotel has opened a swanky yet satisfying dinner spot called Selfmade, a fast-casual cafe concept dubbed Good & Proper, and a trendy pool bar known as Freestyle. They also have a speakeasy whiskey bar, aptly named Straight Up, accessible by a hidden telephone booth in the hotel.
At Freestyle, the focus is on using fresh fruits and purees throughout the menu to fit the outdoor vibe.
“Many of our Freestyle creations have proven so popular that we offer them throughout the property,” says Adam Reeder, the hotel’s director of food and beverage.
Freestyle’s Tropical Margarita ($14) is one of them.
“This perfect summer drink starts with Monte Alban Reposado, a silky tequila with pronounced fruit notes and a slightly peppery finish,” says Reeder, who combines it in a blender with fresh pineapple and lime juices before adding ice and blending.
He then pours the icy cocktail into a stemless wine glass rimmed with salt and tops it with a float of Red Bull Yellow Edition, the tropical variation of the popular energy drink, which is meant to lend a pop of taste as well as bubbles on the nose.
“We then slice fresh kiwi and strawberries and spear them along with a fresh blackberry and orange peel,” Reeder says. “It’s frosty, fresh and fruity all at once, and the perfect pairing with Scottsdale’s summer sun.”
Hotel Adeline, 5101 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.284.7700;