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Monday, January 30, 2012

Amore Vietato (Forbidden Love)- 2 oz. Hendricks gin
- 1 oz. blood orange juice
- Dash simple syrup, 2 strawberries
- 4 slices of cucumber
Muddle fruit with simple syrup, add gin and blood orange juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.Wendy Verdel, Zeffirino, The Venetian, Las Vegas
Love is… Margarita- 3 parts chocolate milk (store bought or homemade)
- 1 part Sauza Silver Tequila
- 1 part strawberry puree or daiquiri mix
- Chocolate covered strawberry
Combine chilled chocolate milk, Sauza and strawberry puree in a tall glass. Stir vigorously to combine. Pour into a glass and garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry.Sauza
Poire Royale- 1 ½ oz. Hangar One Spiced pear vodka
- ¼ oz. Mazzenez, Poire Williams, Eau-de-vie
- ¼ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- ½ oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. Looza pear nectar
Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Cut a thin piece from top to bottom in the center of a bosc pear for garnish.Todd DeSilva, Director of Food & Beverage, InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa
Cranberry Flower- 2 oz. Hendricks gin
- .75 lemon juice
- .75 lemon simple
- 2 teaspoons cranberry simple syrup
- 6 cranberries (from compote)
Muddle cranberries, add cran simple, lemon simple, lemon juice, and gin. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with three cranberries.Beauty & Essex in NYC
Kerasi {“cherry” in Greek}- 2 oz. peach vodka
- 1 oz. cherry puree (just blend fresh pitted cherries)
- 1/2 oz. peach liqueur
- 1/2 oz. cherry brandy
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- Sparkling wine, like Cava
Shake all ingredients but the Cava over ice and strain into a flute. Top off with Cava. Garnish with a cherry.Philip Pepperdine, Barbunia, New York
Strawberry Kiss- 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilia
- 1/2 oz. strawberry liqueur
- Splash of CranPineapple juice
Combine ingredients and top with champagne.Absolute
The French Cosmo3 oz. pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. cassis
Garnish: pineapple slice or leaf
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled stemmed glass. Garnish with pineapple slice or float a leaf from the fruit in the drink.Joe Reiser, at Woo Lae Oak, Los Angeles
Sweet Red Kiss- 1 1/2 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
- 1/3 oz. Chambord
- 1/3 oz. Absolut Kurant
- Splash each of orange, pineapple, and cranberry juices
Combine all ingredients; shake with ice. Strain into glass — sugar the rim for a sweet touch — and garnish with orange pieces.James Michael Bobby, Kumo Restaurant, West Hollywood
Espresso Martini- Shot of espresso
- 1/2 oz. Three Olives Chocolate Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Godiva dark chocolate liqueur
- 1/4 oz. Amaretto
- 1/4 oz. Kahlúa
- Baileys to top off
Shake ingredients with ice. Rim the glass with shaved chocolate. Strain cocktail and top with Baileys, whipped cream, and cocoa.David Feuer, Deco, in Houston
Remember Last Summer- 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilia
- 1 1/2 oz. strawberry liqueur
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz. coconut cream
- Shredded coconut
Mix all ingredients except shredded coconut in a shaker with ice, and shake well. Strain into a glass. Garnish with coconut.Paulina Szafranski, at Monarck, Denver
The Bramble- 2 oz. Absolut Los Angeles
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- 1 spoonful of blackberry jam
- Splash of sparkling wine
Add all ingredients except wine to a shaker, and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Strain mixture over ice in a rocks glass. Top with sparkling wine.The Volstead, New York City
Watermelon Martini- 3 oz. Ketel One Citroen
- 1 oz. Watermelon Pucker
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
- Splash of lemonade
- Splash of 7-Up
Mix all ingredients together over ice, shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of watermelon.James and Jane Nelson, The Independent, Minneapolis
Strawberry Punch- 3 fresh strawberries
- 3 slices canned pineapple
- 1/2 oz. pineapple syrup from the can
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup (dissolve one part sugar in one part boiling water; let cool)
- 2 oz. white rum
Muddle fruit. Pour over ice with other ingredients; shake. Garnish with fruit.Fonda Tsironis, Park Blue, New York
Very Cherry Martini- 1 1/2 parts Martini and Rossi Rosso vermouth (chilled)
- 1 part cherry juice
- 4 parts Martini and Rossi Prosecco
Combine the vermouth and cherry juice, along with ice, in a shaker. Shake, and strain into a chilled glass. Top with the Prosecco.Michael Wurster, Icon at the W New York-The Court
Black Crush- 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Raspberri
- 1 oz. sour mix
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 6 mint leaves
- 3 blackberries
- Club Soda
Muddle blackberries, mint, and simple syrup in a shaker. Add ice, vodka, and sour mix. Strain into a glass. Add a splash of club soda.Sensi, Las Vegas
Cactus Pear Margarita- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1 oz. cactus pear syrup
- 1/2 oz. lime juice
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass with a salted rim, and garnish with lime or fruit juices.Laurence Kretchmer, Mesa Grill, Las Vegas
Rediscovered Cherry Cosmo2 oz. Smirnoff Black Cherry vodka
1 oz. white cranberry juice
3/4 oz. Cointreau
Splash of fresh lime juice
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker, and add ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with fresh or dried cherries.Judson Sherman Rose, STK, New York
Pink Margarita1 1/2 oz. tequila
1/4 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. honey
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a tumbler. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaf.James Stuart, Parea, New York City
Cherry Punch1 oz. cherry vodka
1 oz. triple sec
Splash of Rose’s grenadine
Splash of cranberry juice
Shake together all ingredients but cranberry juice with ice. Pour into glass and top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a fresh cherry.Brooke Isaacson, Club ONE, Baltimore
The Delancey- 3/4 oz. pomegranate juice
- 3/4 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur (available at liquor stores)
- Prosecco
Mix together the juice and liqueur, and pour into a champagne flute, then top with Prosecco.Richard H. Friedberg, at Allen and Delancey, New York City

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