Archive for June, 2009

Two Words: Coconut Vodka

June 20, 2009

If I didn’t have a drinking problem already, I may definitely start to form a habit now that I’ve discovered Pearl Coconut Vodka. Coconut vodka. Not coconut rum. Coconut VODKA. Am I the only one who didn’t know this existed? It’s quite possible considering I’m late to everything in my life, including the Twilight train, but I digress ….

Back to coconut vodka. So apparently Van Gogh makes one, and so does Burnett’s – just in case you were interested. I’m sure they are lovely, but I can already tell that I’ll be a sucker for the super-premium Pearl. Where can you try it, you ask? Sushi Samba NYC 7. I have to say, I’m not a fan of the sushi, but this place has awesome cocktails, including the Tropicalla, made with Pearl Coconut Vodka, amaretto, muddle raspberries, and a coconut rim. So luscious I had two, and then I got a Hangover … with Bradley Cooper, that is. Go see it if you haven’t already, it’s pee-your-pants funny.

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Look for the red lantern…

June 14, 2009

So apparently, the casinos are now following me. On Thursday, we celebrated my friend Linda’s birthday at Macao, an unmarked bar off Canal Street named after the Monte Carlo of the Orient. The vibe inside is one-part Little Branch, one-part Pegu Club, and a dash of Stanton Social.

Oh, and the cocktails are ridiculous. We sampled just about all of them and there was only one that I didn’t like – though everyone else loved it, so I won’t throw shade here. Sip for yourself:

Arrack Fizz: Batavia Arrack (a white rice and sugar cane spirit from the West Indies) shaken with mandarin blossom water, homemade hibiscus cordial, pineapple juice, and an egg white, served tall.

Drunken Dragon’s Milk: Charbay Green Tea Vodka shaken with young coconut puree, thai basil, and Macao Five-Spice Bitters, served tall.

Bashful Maiden: Hendrick’s Gin shaken with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Velvet Falernum (a rum-based lime cordial), lemon juice and pureed striped lemon, served straight up.

Dr. Funk: Mekhong Thai Rum served tall with homemade grenadine, ginger beer, dressed with fresh fruits and mint and topped with a drizzle of absinthe.

Blood Peach Bellini: Pureed blood peaches and a dash of Campari gently stirred with Zardetto Prosecco.

Yellow Fever: Rittenhouse Rye, Benedictine, lemon juice and egg white, shaken and layered over Cherry Herring.

Kaffir Jimlet: Kaffir lime-infused Plymouth Gin mixed with lime juice and agave nectar, served straight up.

Wynner Drinks All

June 6, 2009

Just got back from my second trip to Vegas. Yes, second. I actually have to go to Vegas at least 5 times this year for work. Some people feel bad for me, but I’m trying to make the best of it, which is pretty easy considering this time I got to stay at Steve Wynn’s Encore and the cocktails in this town are faabuloussss (I hope you could hear me sing that in my high-pitched voice). Here we go:

Citronnade at Encore’s Island Bar: Grey Goose Le Citron, Cointreau and fresh sweet and sour

Smiling Buddha Sangria at Koi in the skank-tastic Planet Hollywood: white wine, Licor 43, white peach puree, fresh mango, oranges and peaches

Raspberry Lemon Drop at Sinatra in Encore (shown above): Stoli Rasberi, Danny DeVito’s limoncello (yes, the Danny DeVito), and sweet and sour served in a dried raspberry-sugar rimmed martini glass

Cadillac Margarita at Dos Caminos in The Palazzo: a margarita with Grand Marnier

Rhubarb and Strawberry Collins at Daniel Boulud in Wynn: Zephyr Blue gin, Cointreau, club soda, muddled strawberries and rhubarb juice