By Kelly A. Magyarics
As restaurants increase their focus on locavore cuisine, guests at the bar are also more aware of what’s in their glass-and where it’s from. Operators recognize that patrons not only like to eat local, they drink that way too. So bars are reaching for local and regionally distilled spirits, as well as farm-fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables for infusions, shrubs, bitters and garnishes.
3 oz. Purity vodka
4-6 pieces of rhubarb
1 oz. Water
¼ oz. Simple Syrup
Muddle rhubarb and strawberries. Add remaining ingredients and ice to a shaker and shake hard until ice cold. Double strain into Martini glass and garnish with strawberry and rhubarb.
The mixologists at Purity vodka submitted this recipe.
The White Cosmo
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 oz. Lime juice
1 oz. White cranberry juice
1 Orchid or other edible flower as garnish
Shake all the ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish an ice ball with an orchid or other edible flower frozen in its center.
The mixologists at db Bistro Moderne in Miami created this recipe.
Texas-born Tito’s Vodka Takes Off Aboard United Flights
New from Slovakia’s Karloff Tatra distillery is Tatratea Original Tea Liqueur. Each of the six flavors combines premium tea, herbs, and up to 27 other ingredients, and range from 44 to 144 proof: coconut (44), citrus (64), peach (84), Original (104), Bohemian (124) and Outlaw (144). They’re available in the U.S. from Avant Garde Imports for a suggested retail price of $24.99 to $39.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer
The U.K.-based Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer is now available in the U.S. market. The 4.8% ABV product is fermented with imported ginger and steeped for up to eight weeks, creating a smooth ginger beer with deep, spicy flavor and a sparkling finish, according to the company. John Crabbie’s uses the same ginger to develop the beer that its namesake founder first imported more than 200 years ago. It’s available in a four-pack of 11-oz. bottles and a single 16.9-oz. bottle.
A well-executed service plan is often one that allows your customers to get some of the things that they need on their own. It could be tap water, condiments and add-ons like pickles. A chain of upscale Bay Area coffee houses and French cafes called La Boulange sets up a station for these kinds of things on one side of the restaurant.
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