‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Hotel, Drinks: Live the Book
Synergy can be beautiful thing, and, in this case, quite kinky, too.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" fans that didn't get their fill of eroticism from E.L. James' breakout series of novels can now actually live out the book for real. The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon, where lovers Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele shared many a sexy escapade in the Shades series, offers hotel guests an "Inner Goddess" add-on for $40. The deal includes a "beautiful white wine that Christian and Anastasia enjoy, complete with a little grey tie wrapped around the bottle neck," says general manager Chris Erickson.
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The Heathman, featured as a backdrop for much of James' novels, which, according to the hotel, has resulted in some "amusing and intriguing praise and interest."
Looking to really splurge on your fantasy? Check out the "Charlie Tango" package ($2,750), which includes a helicopter ride and dinner for six at The Heathman's restaurant and bar. For the fans flocking daily to the boutique hotel for a quick tour of its now infamous elevator, Erickson suggests cooling off at the bar with a "Fifty Shades of Gin" cocktail created by The Heathman's bartender Brian Hilby.
For those of you who are a little more fiscal, there is a $40 package that comes with a bottle of vintage wine that was shared by the main characters and a keepsake grey tie. The perfect combination of sophistication and with a sexy keepsake!
The hotel has garnered all this success because of the over 10 million copies "Fifty Shades of Grey" has sold so far. The book has been banned from public libraries in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin. The hotel package, and drink are just the latest in many Fifty Shades-inspired products.
Make your own "Fifty Shades of Gin"
1 oz. gin (recipe suggests Nolet's Gin)
3/4 oz. rhubarb puree* (Heathman restaurant pastry chef John Gayer creates his own)
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Lime wheel garnish
Directions: In a shaker, combine rhubarb puree, lime juice, simple syrup and gin. Add ice and shake well. Rinse a martini glass with cranberry bitters. Strain cocktail into glass and top with sparkling wine, either Cava or Prosecco. Garnish with lime wheel or twist.
Or, you could always try whipping it into submission.
*If you can't find rhubarb puree, purchase fresh rhubarb at your local grocer or pick from your garden and add to the blender with 1/2 oz. simple syrup.