Pool parties

Poolside Pairing, a summer cocktail and chef’s choice series, returns to the Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown.

One of the highlights of past social seasons in WAG country has been summer’s Poolside Pairing, a series of Thursday evenings featuring special cocktails and a chef’s choice menu set to music at the sensuous Pool & Grotto Bar of the Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown. 

“The Poolside Pairing events were a big hit when they began in 2015 and 2016,” says the Castle’s Alison Yassky. “While there was a short hiatus in these events … we kept hearing feedback from guests that they missed them. As the new maître d’hôtel, I am excited about the decision to bring them back for another season and look forward to help making the Poolside Pairing events our biggest summer hit moving forward.”

Poolside Pairing relaunched on the Fourth of July with an “American Dream” of B and B (bourbon and barbecue) to a soundtrack by DJ Theo Phillip Entertainment, which will accompany all the events. The evening was in part a benefit for Hope for the Warriors, an outreach organization that provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans and military families that are focused on transitioning, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources.

July Poolside Pairings took participants to Mexico, Tuscany and Spain without ever leaving the Hudson Valley.

August looks to be just as adventurous with a Moët & Chandon Ice White Party on Aug. 1 and a salute to the 1970s Aug. 8. 

“Moët Ice White Party will be a classy and sophisticated affair just like the feature drink of the night,” Yassky says. “Moët Ice Champagne is perfect for summer with fresh fruits and garnish paired with an amazing seafood tower, hors d’oeuvres and white chocolate cupcakes.”

Then it’s Relaxation Day, featuring the hotel’s Sankara Spa Aug. 15, and tributes to the Caribbean (Aug. 22) and the French Riviera (Aug. 29). The series concludes Sept. 5 with “Lost in Translation.”

“Lost In Translation, named after the famous movie of the same name filmed in Japan, will be an evening of sake and sushi pairings,” Yassky says. “This evening is a homage to the Castle Hotel & Spa’s owner, a very successful hospitality corporation (Sankara) from Japan. Guests will be enjoying assorted cold sake and a variety of sushi along with house red wine, white wine and sparkling wine.”

Sounds like a great way to “lose” yourself this summer.

Each Poolside Pairing, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is $85 per person; $75 for Castle guests, except for the Moët Ice White Party, which is $115 per person, $105 for hotel guests. The Castle is at 400 Benedict Ave. For reservations, email Events@CastleHotelandSpa.com or call 914-524-6366.

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