La Guaria

After spending time at the W in Miami Icon Brickell during the "off season" when its quite and you can really enjoying the feeling of Miami walking Brickell, we were invited to the new W Playa Conchal Costa Rica.  We were not expecting the level of service, beauty and vibe this place has to offer.  A super creative fusion of W branded hipness with the Costa Rican culture.  Casual Chic!  We immediately felt at home .. we extended our stay for over a week.  The poolside bar was on point and the chill poolside vibes were a total match with comfy lounge chairs, white private cabanas and mix of loungy playlists & live DJs.   


Don Julio Tequila infused with Orange Peel 

Mandarin Lemon (Limon Mandarina)*

Orange Sugar*

Topped with Red Wine (De Martino Cinsault Gallardia) is what was chosen for this drink

*How to Make Orange Sugar: 

1- Using a serrated peeler, peel rind off oranges, avoiding all white pith. Arrange rind in a single layer on a double layer of paper towels; top with an additional paper towel. Microwave at HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes or until completely dry and crisp, checking every 30 seconds (watch closely for burning). Cool completely. 

2- Place rind in a coffee or spice grinder; process until ground. Add sugar; process until very finely ground.

*About the magical Mandarin Lemons that grow in abundance in Costa Rica 

































La Guaria Flower & Violet Throated Hummingbird 

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, so you would probably expect its national flower to represent that. Well, you’re right: it does.  The guaria morada, which translates to purple country girl, is an exquisite purple orchid that was chosen over eighty years ago to be Costa Rica’s national flower.












Mandarin Lemon 

Limón mandarina is a hybrid between the mandarin orange and the lemon. It is preferred over other varieties of lemons or limes in Costa Rica because it is easier to peel, juicier (and therefore easier to squeeze), has beautiful orange pulp, and is slightly more sweet than the regular lemons or limes yet still very sour.




















**The first time I saw a "sour orange" I thought it was a regular orange, grabbed it and took a huge bite. Surprise!!**

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