Recipe: Tivoli Zen Cocktail

Credit:  Rachelle Lucas

Credit: Rachelle Lucas

While having dinner at the Four Seasons LA, I received a recommendation on Twitter from @CarrieVitt to try Culina’s Tivoli Zen.  She described it as “luxury and relaxation in a glass,” and I have to say that description is spot on.   It’s now my favorite drink in the world (well, currently anyway!)

Embodying the feeling of being in LA, it’s flavor is innovative, zesty, and fresh.

I had the chance to sit down with the beverage’s creator, Anthony Greco, to discover what’s inside this tasty cocktail.

So, why is it called the Tivoli Zen?

Anthony:  We wanted something representative of Italy to go with the theme of Culina, so it has the colors of red and white topped with green mint garnish, the colors of the Italian flag.  It’s named after the Tivoli Gardens in Rome, Italy, as the flavors are floral and effervescent.

What’s in it?

Anthony:  It’s made with purity vodka, blueberry tea, lemon juice, and agave syrup infused with lavender   I’ll give you the recipe if you like.  (It’s included below.)

It’s a delicious combination.  How did you come up with it?

Anthony:  I chose blueberries since they’re pretty much in season year round in Southern California.  We steep fresh and dried blueberries to make the tea.  I worked with a pastry chef for three years and one of the desserts we made was a blueberry lavender tart.  When I was trying to think of something that paired well with blueberry, that just came to me.

Well, I’m impressed.  You must be a master mixologist.

Anthony:  No, no … I’m just a passionate bartender who loves great food.

Credit:  Rachelle Lucas

Credit: Rachelle Lucas

Tivoli Zen Cocktail
Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Embodying the feeling of being in LA, it's flavor is innovative, zesty, and fresh.
  • 2 oz Purity Vodka
  • 1½ oz blueberry tea
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz agave syrup infused with lavender
  • top with soda and garnish with mint
  1. Mix together ingredients. Enjoy.
About Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle is a writer, spokesperson, and travel videographer. She believes the best way to learn about a destination is through its flavors and collects recipes from her trips to recreate them here on The Travel Bite. She’s currently the Food and Dining Insider for Visit Florida and was recently named by KRED as one of the Top 50 Travel Bloggers in the world.

As much as Rachelle enjoys traveling and tasting new foods, she also loves to run. She’s completed the New York City Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon as well at 5 half marathons.


  1. This drink sounds like heaven in a glass! I would love to make it at home but I think I would enjoy it more at The Four Seasons! 😉

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