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

 

The Santa Maria Sipper is courtesy of Crooked Branch, the lobby bar at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. It’s the trifecta of cocktails: easy to make, refreshing to sip and oh-so-delightfully delicious! 

Ingredients:
—5 fresh blueberries
—3 fresh raspberries
—5 oz. La Marca Prosecco
—lemon wedge or mint sprig for garnish

 

Taylor Nissen, Shore Lodge’s sommelier and beverage program assistant manager, suggests using fresh huckleberries macerated in a little sugar when making the hotel’s famed Huckletini. “This tends to ripen the berries and juice them a bit, perfect for making drinks. When it gets a little warmer, you can find them all around Payette Lake [in McCall, Idaho]. Everyone has their little spots. Ponderosa Park is great for this, too,” says Nissen.

 

Get ready for fall with this seasonally appropriate cocktail. Corgi Spirits, an independent small-batch distillery located in Jersey City, has hosted a variety of private events including corporate parties; catering is BYO. The Lounge—a plush drinking parlor—is spacious yet cozy and the entire tasting room can be rented to accommodate larger groups.