signature drink

Signature Drink: Strawberry Shrub Martini

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INGREDIENTS
—.5 oz. strawberry shrub*
—1.5 oz. Kettle One Vodka
—1.5 oz. lemon juice
—.5 oz. simple syrup
—3 oz. fever tree soda

FOR STRAWBERRY SHRUB
—2 cups strawberries
—hulled and sliced
—2 cups granulated sugar
—1 cup cider vinegar
—1/2 cup white wine vinegar

Signature Drink: Dale Cooper

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In the 1990s, Twin Peaks was one of the most talked-about television series. Set in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington, many of the series’ exterior shots were filmed in the very real and very charming communities of Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City. As a toast to the upcoming rebirth of the series on Showtime, we suggest trying Salish Lodge & Spa’s Dale Cooper, named for the show’s character played by Washington native Kyle MacLachlan. 

Signature Drink: Blood and Sand

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Restaurateur Amy Morton recently opened her latest Evanston dining space, The Barn, housed in a former 19th-century brick farmhouse. The “meatcentric hideaway” is a far cry from her veggie hot spot Found, and is an homage to her family lineage (her dad founded the Morton Steakhouse chain). In addition to hearty plates sourced by local farms, Beverage Director Michelle Sallemi whips up a classic cocktail menu with a number of twists, as seen in this spicy tequila drink.

Signature Drink: Hanging Chad

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Ingredients
—2 oz. Grey Goose La Poire vodka
—.5 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
—.5 oz. lemon and lime sour mix
—.5 oz. pomegranate puree
—splash of Sprite

Directions
Add the splash of Sprite or any lemon/ lime soda to a chilled martini glass. Place the Grey Goose, St-Germain and sour mix in a shaker with ice and shake. Pour into the martini glass and add pomegranate puree, which will settle to the bottom to create a layered effect.

Signature Drink: La Lavanda

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It may be part of a larger collection, but Davio’s King of Prussia certainly stands on its own two feet. This 10,000-square-foot restaurant bills itself as a Northern Italian steakhouse and with seasonally inspired Italian cuisine spotlighting homemade pastas and prime Brandt beef, it does just that. 

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Malfy Gin
—.75 oz. lavender syrup
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—.5 oz. Crème de Violette

Courtesy of Davio’s, King of Prussia 

Signature Drink: Spiced Maple Manhattan

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The Spiced Maple Manhattan hails from Traverse City’s new Hotel Indigo. Make it at home yourself or sample it this spring at the Indigo rooftop gathering following our 12th annual Best of Michigan readers’ choice awards.

INGREDIENTS:
—2 dashes orange bitters
—1 cherry
—1 orange slice
—1.5 T Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Simple Syrup (see below)
—2 oz. Traverse City Cherry Whiskey
—1 T sweet vermouth
—1 cinnamon stick for garnish

Signature Drink: Coconut Key Lime Swizzle

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The Orange Squirrel takes chef Francesco Palmieri’s philosophy of serving simple, but not simplistic global comfort food using approachable, wholesome ingredients. The accessible menu features quirky, creative takes on comfort classics.

The Orange Squirrel accommodates groups with special menus customized specifically to their needs. Seated dinners are for 35-40 people, while cocktails/buffet-style events can be up to 50. 

Signature Drink: Fall of ‘75

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Kosevich’s Fall of ’75 features a garnish - ment you may not have seen, much less thought was possible: edible spray paint. Mixologists are getting more crafty these days, making a spectacle of their cocktails. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.5 oz. lemon 
—.5 oz. allspice syrup
—1 oz. Bombay Sapphire
—3 oz. sparkling wine
—1 eye drop Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters
—glass: flute
—garnish: edible gold spray paint, safflower

Signature Drink: Mr. Plant

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The Mr. Plant cocktail is named for Robert Plant, legendary vocalist and lyricist of Led Zeppelin. He is one of many rock legends, including The Doors, The Who and The Rolling Stones, who used to stay at the hotel that was known as Riot House back in the day. Reports have it that Plant shouted “I am a golden god!” from a hotel balcony overlooking the Sunset Strip, inspiring the well-known scene from the movie Almost Famous. Mr. Plant has been a house favorite at the hotel since. After changing hands several times, it became Andaz West Hollywood in 2009.

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