Taste Test: Local and Specialty Cocktails

Embrace your inner mixologist with these imaginative and delicious cocktail recipes from nationally-recognized mixologists and specialty health-conscious cocktails from right at home in the Valley.

Italian Apple
In the Florida oasis Winter Park,
Luma on Park and Prato, two notable restaurants bring a touch of winter to the Sunshine State with the Italian Apple.
1 teaspoon sliced apples
1 ounce Calvados (apple brandy)
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Combine Calvados and fresh lemon in a Champagne flute and top with prosecco. Garnish with a sliver of apple and serve.

The Rose Petal
This ethereal drink is the creation of beverage director Tyler Drinkwater at
Ellabess, the restaurant at the Nolitan Hotel in Manhattan.
1/2 ounce rose water
1 ounce Hendricks
2 dashes simple syrup
Combine ingredients in a Champagne flute and top with prosecco. Garnish with the edible flower of your choice.

Wyatt Peabody
Los Angeles bar
Las Perlas specializes in small-batch, artisanal tequila and mezcal.
2 ounces Del Maguey Vida Reposado Mezcal
3/4 ounce [ginger] snap liqueur
1/2 ounce Caffé Lolita
1 teaspoon allspice dram
Bitter Tears peppercorn bacon bitters
Combine ingredients, stir and pour into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve.

From around the Valley:

Cucumber-Citrus Skinny Margarita at True Food Kitchen

Half mojito, half margarita, the Casa Noble Silver Organic Tequila is livened up with a ton of fresh ingredients to keep the calorie count to 175: Lime juice, muddled clementine, muddled cucumber, and muddled mint, then topped with soda water.

Thin Ginger from Ra Sushi

Made with fresh ginger root muddled with strawberries and agave nectar, followed by Voli low-calorie lemon vodka, yuzu puree and lemon juice, topped with club soda and garnished with lemon twist,  the Thin Ginger at Ra will put you behind the 200 calorie mark. Available through February.

Antioxidant Martini from Z’Tejas
Z’Tejas introduces the new Antioxidant Martini – a blend of Bacardi Dragon Berry rum, Herradura agave nectar, fresh lemon juice, blackberries and blueberries, topped with Wild Berry FOMZ, a fruit-infused beverage foam – that clocks in at under 250 calories.


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