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Creative Cocktails: Restaurants and Recipes, Part II

Our list of innovative cocktail stations continues here with more restaurants and recipes to attempt and enjoy.

Gotham Steak at the Fontainebleau


Gotham has been the Fontainebleau’s elegant steakhouse for three years now. Together, celebrated Chef Alfred Portale and new Chef de Cuisine Todd Miller present the chic restaurant with an extensive menu that pairs excellently with the also extensive cocktail and wine lists. Try the Bella for a fruity, refreshing burst.

Bella – serves 1

1 ½ oz                        Van Gogh Melon Vodka

1 ½ oz                        Fresh Watermelon Juice

.75  oz                         Marie Brizard watermelon Liqueur

Juice of ½ lime

Muddle 3-4 mint leaves. Add rest of ingredients, shake and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a single mint leaf.

Meat Market

This South Beach hot spot combines sophisticated steakhouse qualities with a happening bar scene. Try the creative “interactive” cocktails like the Some Like it Hot, in which you can choose just how hot you want it.

Some Like it Hot – serves 1

1 ½ oz.                        Partida Reposado

¾ oz.               Fresh lime juice

½ oz.               Jalapeño infused agave nectar (     if no time to infuse the agave, depending on the spice level desired and the jalapeño’s individual heat, muddle before raspberries and use the same amount of regular agave nectar or if need be, cane syrup)

5                      Raspberries

Muddle 5 raspberries.  Add tequila, lime juice and agave, according to desired level of heat. Shake double strain and serve up. Garnish with jalapeño wheel on the side of a martini glass.

SRA. Martinez

A Design District gem, this chic tapas restaurant by Chef Michelle Bernstein is eclectic and energetic. Patrons enjoy the celebrated, unique cuisine and the equally innovative cocktails, like the fresh Indian Summer.

Indian Summer – serves 1

3 mint leaves, lightly muddled

1 ½ oz                        Toasted coconut infused Santa Teresa Claro rum

½ oz                Domain de Canton

½ oz                Fresh lemon juice

½ oz                Honey syrup

Cocktail is shaken, served on the rocks and garnished with 3 jalapeño slices.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (WKB)

Not even a year old, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar has earned itself a must-visit reputation through its artsy décor and Chef Miguel Aguilar’s distinctive dishes. WKB celebrates the artists that adorn the restaurant’s walls and the surrounding art park by naming cocktails after them, like the Christian Awe and Kenny Scharf.

Kenny Scharf – serves 1

2 oz                 Tequila Reposado

1 oz                 Triple sec

1 oz                 Lime

2                      Blackberries

3                      Strawberries

1                      Mint Leaf

Muddle fresh blackberries, strawberries and mint. Shake, strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry and lime.

See the first part of the series here.

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New York February / March 2014
New York February / March 2014