With dozens of performers and overwhelming crowds, Coachella can be exhausting. Sometimes, you're so burnt out between acts that you wish you could escape—just for a brief respite—from the frenzy of the day. This year, VIP attendees can do just that, thanks to The Retreat, a three-day hospitality oasis located at the Mediterranean-style Korakia Pensione hotel in Palm Springs, Calif.
The 2nd annual event, which draws celebs in droves, will feature seasonally-inspired brunch menus by world-renowned culinary talents including Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron, spa and beauty services from Caudalie, and this exclusive vodka drink, appropriately named "Days of Heaven," courtesy of L.A. cocktail bar Tenants of the Trees and Out of Order, an Eastern European-inspired performance venue in Silver Lake, Calif.
"I wanted to create something visually lovely, with just enough tea and spice from the bitters to allude to a complex earthiness," says Tenants of the Trees bar director Niki Kotantoulas. "When I considered the spectrum of artists that have passed through the field, I knew I wanted the cocktail to portray the harmony of the environment." Read on for the recipe to try it for yourself, whether you're at home or chilling at an Airbnb in Indio.
Days of Heaven
1 oz lemon
1 oz clementine juice
3/4 tea coriander syrup (instructions below in Step 1)
1 1/2 oz vodka
2 dashes bitters
1. Sous vide 1/4 cup of fresh coriander (aka cilantro) and one part sugar, one part water for 50 minutes to make the tea coriander syrup.
2. Squeeze the juice of one clementine and 1 oz of a lemon together.
3. Measure and add all remaining ingredients of the juice into a shaker and shake (without ice), then add ice and shake.
4. Double strain into glass and garnish with a wild flower (optional).