• Signature Drink: What Angels Drink

     
    POSTED November 9, 2017
     

Named after a line by Mark Twain, who said of watermelon in the summer “I imagine it’s what angels eat,” this clever mixture of watermelon and kaffir lime ice cubes, cointreau, orange bitters and sparkling wine will make guests swoon.  

INGREDIENTS:
—3 watermelon ice cubes*
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—3 dashes of orange bitters
—2.5 oz. Moscato d’Asti 
—2.5 oz. sparkling wine
—.75 oz. lime juice

*DIRECTIONS FOR WATERMELON ICE CUBES:
—fill a blender full of sliced watermelon
—add 3 ounces fresh lime juice, 6 kaffir lime leaves per quart of juice and 1 ounce of simple syrup
—blend well and let rest for an hour 
—strain the mix thoroughly to remove pulp
—pour the remaining mixture into the ice cube containers and let freeze For a pitcher of What Angels Drink, multiply the recipe by five.

Courtesy of SEAN BECK OF BACKSTREET CAFE, a Houston dining tradition under the direction of award-winning executive chef Hugo Ortega. 

INGREDIENTS
—.5 oz. St-Germain
—.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
—1 strawberry
—1.5 oz. Aviation Gin
—Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
—fresh mint

DIRECTIONS
Add strawberry to St-Germain and lemon juice; muddle ingredients. Transfer mixture to a shaker tin filled with ice along with gin. Shake and double strain into a martini coupe. Top up with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic and garnish with a sprig of mint.

 

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.

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin
—3 oz. fresh apple cider
—0.25 oz. ginger simple syrup*
—3 thyme sprigs
—thyme sprig for garnish

 

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Sotol
—.5 oz. Luxardo Bitter Bianco
—.75 oz. lime juice
—.75 oz. mint simple syrup
—.25 oz. Amargo-Vallet
—soda
—mint

DIRECTIONS:
Combine Sotol, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, lime juice and mint simple syrup in a shaker, shake and strain into a Collins glass. Add ice and top with soda, slapped mint and a straw. Finally, top with an Amargo-Vallet float to create two distinct layers.