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On the House: ILLUMination from Illume at the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek

Written By Scott Joseph On September 19, 2021

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When I first visited Illume, the rooftop venue at the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, I was taken in by the spectacular view and then by the excellent food.

But Illume also has a stellar cocktail program. Some are pretty elaborate, like Magritte’s Pipe, a sort of Japanese Old Fashion made with Hibiki Harmony Whiskey, Amaro Montenegro and tobacco bitters. It’s served in a pipe-shaped pitcher and poured into a smoked glass.

And the Firebird, with Haiku Vodka, sake and freshly juiced cantaloupe, served in a bird beaker with a feathers chaser.

But those aren’t cocktails you can easily prepare at home. So I asked Illume bartender Roberto Cruz for a cocktail recipe we can enjoy on the restaurant’s terrace or prepare ourselves at home. He recommended the ILLUMination, a variation of a margarita.

Watch the video then see the recipe below.



2 ounces Casamigo Tequila
1 ounce passion fruit liqueur, such as Chinola
1/2 ounce agave syrup
1 ounce lime juice

Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
Shake well; pour into margarita glass or coupe. Garnish with an orchid.

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