My lovely friend Meghan Finn of the reputable SoHo Reperatory Theatre in NYC asked me to create some cocktails for their Gala event hosted by THE Edward Norton! I met “Ed” (as I like to call him) once at the Hollywood Bowl and he was every bit as nice as he seems whilst beating the shit out of people in Fight Club….just kidding! He’s actually one of my top 10 favorite actors and an amazingly humble and cool guy to boot! Glad he’ll be sipping my concoctions!
The great folks at 4 Copas–one of the finest Tequilas on the planet which just happens to be organic– are offering their sponsorship.
For vodka, I used the brand new and incredibly produced product Praire Organic Vodka. You’ll be hearing quite a bit about this fantastic hand-crafted vodka from Minnesota. Many, many thanks to the great folks at Ed Philips & Sons for their support for this event!!
And WHAT are those drinks you might ask?
Margarita Botanica Served in a Coupe
50 mls (2 oz) 4 Copas Organic Tequila
25 mls (1 oz) Lime Juice
20 mls ( ¾ oz) Lavender Syrup (from Sonoma Syrup Co. or make your own*)
15 mls ( ½ oz ) Cointreau or Triple Sec
2 dashes of Green Chartreuse
Shake and tea strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lime peel.
* Lavender syrup: Cook down 2 tablespoons of fresh lavender flowers, de-stemmed with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water until sugar is diluted and the mixture is aromatic. Strain and reserve in a glass container.
Una Apretada Served in a Coupe
25 mls (1 oz) 4 Copas Organic Tequila
25 mls (1 oz) Lime Juice
25 mls (1 oz) Apricot Brandy (such as Giffard)–PS for an EXCELLENT blog about Apry click here
10 mls (2 tsp) Sweet Vermouth (such as Vya)
Dash of Cynar—Artichoke Liqueur
Shake and Strain.
Moroccan Martini Served in a Coupe
50 mls (2 oz) Prairie Vodka
20 mls (¾ oz) Thick Apricot Juice (alternatively use passion fruit)
10 mls (2 tsp) Simple Syrup
10 mls (2 tsp) Lemon Juice
Fresh Ginger 1 tsp
1 tsp of Spice Mix*
1 part ground fennel, 1 part ground star anise, 1 part cinnamon, 1 part cardamom
Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a whole star anise
*Spice Mix- equal parts ground cinnamon, ground fennel, ground star anise, cinnamon, cardamom– this blend is a nod to the AMAZING 7 Spice Rim that the incredible bartender Adam Seger gave me in Vail. If you don’t know Adam, you haven’t had a good drink! Check out the Lush Blog’s great interview with him.
50 mls (2 oz) Prairie Organic Vodka
25 mls ( 1 oz) Lavender Simple Syrup* see above
10 mls (2 tsp) Ceres Lychee juice
½ Lime whole lime in 8ths
4 Tarragon Leaves
2 slices Cucumber
Shake and empty into rocks glass. Garnish with fresh tarragon and shaved cucumber.