Crafted by award-winning bartender and spirits professional Peter Vestinos, this refreshing summer sipper—a gin and tonic at its heart—has been artfully infused by the spirits and flavors of Greece and the country’s cuisine. “The Chareau liqueur provides Mediterranean flavors of cucumber, mint, and lemon and the Verino Mastiha integrates a signature herbal resin flavor, while the cardamom adds a unique earthy and exotic note,” says Vestinos. “Many Greek spirits such as Tentura, Mastiha, and Tsipouro are alien to most consumers, so I wanted to work with a familiar spirit like gin in a classic format to layer those Greek flavors.” 

Like its popular Village Cooler, Avli Taverna, Lincoln Park’s newest contemporary Greek eatery, is well-rooted in the classics with a fresh, inspired take on familiar favorites. Offering fun bar bites, creative dishes, a curated wine list, crafted cocktails and traditional spirits, guests can enjoy reinvented Greek cuisine in an ambiance that reflects life in the Mediterranean.

The restaurant’s back room is wellsuited for group dining and private events for up to 32 guests seated and 40 guests for a standing reception. Avli Taverna is also available for full buyouts, accommodating up to 70 guests seated and 100 guests for a standing reception.

INGREDIENTS:
- 1.25 oz London Dry-style gin
- .5 oz Verino Mastiha
- .25 oz Chareau
- .50 oz lemon juice
- 1 dash cardamom bitters
- pinch of salt
- soda water
- cucumber slices

DIRECTIONS:
In a Collins glass add gin, Verino Mastiha, Chareau, lemon juice, bitters, salt and soda water. Add a few cubes of ice and slices of cucumber. Stir, then add remaining ice, cucumber slices and an additional splash of soda water. Stir and serve!

Courtesy of Avli Taverna

 

Avion Anejo Old Fashioned
Courtesy of JW Marriott San Antonio

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Avion Anejo Tequila
  • 0.25 oz. Agave
  • 2 Dashes of Bitters
  • Orange Peel
  • Luxardo Maraschino Cherry 

In a mixing glass, mix the Avion Anejo Tequila and agave with the bitters. Stir until agave blends, pour over ice in a glass and garnish with the Luxardo Maraschino Cherry and orange peel.

 

 

The spirit of the French Riviera has found a home in the Rockaways. At Bar Marseille, French bistro classics, Provencal cocktails and plenty of seafood pair with views of the ocean, emulating the Mediterranean port city that the establishment was named after.

 

One of the several new restaurants that popped up mid-pandemic in the Twin Cities culinary scene was Petite León by Duck Soup Hospitality, housed in the old Blackbird Café space. All having worked on separate, successful ventures in the area, Jorge Guzmán, Dan Manosack, Benjamin Rients and Travis Serbus came together to found the hospitality group behind the project.