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Cocktail for Spring Fling Dinner?

Maya Feb 27, 2007 03:36 PM

I'm hosting a dinner party to celebrate spring (pork loin, braised leeeks, roast baby potatoes, etc). I need a KILLER specialty cocktail recipe to serve folks before dinner starts. Any ideas?

I loved the PomIranian recipe from Cyrus that I made for our holiday party. Something like this but more spring-like would be ideal...


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    Maya RE: Maya Mar 3, 2007 07:23 AM

    I forgot to mention that I'd rather serve a shaken/strained cocktail, but something fancy on the rocks would be cool, too. Thanks for any ideas!

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      mojoeater RE: Maya Mar 4, 2007 10:18 AM

      I, personally, love pomegranate martinis. Just pom juice and vodka, chilled and strained, served in a martini glass with a twist of lemon. Divine and not too sweet.

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      1. re: mojoeater
        Maya RE: mojoeater Mar 5, 2007 09:30 AM

        I love them too but they are not really seasonal for spring.

        I forgot to add, ideally it would be vodka-based...

      2. fafner RE: Maya Mar 4, 2007 10:55 AM

        you can do something with cucumber. Maybe muddle some cucumber slices with simple syrup in a shaker bottom, add some 2oz of gin, 1/5 oz of lime, shake serve up. You can try it with a sprig or two of mint muddled as well.

        1. jpschust RE: Maya Mar 5, 2007 11:23 AM

          Let me ponder this for a night or so, but think about doing an infusion- when I want to knock the socks off my guests I do something they would have trouble replicating.

          1. Amuse Bouches RE: Maya Mar 5, 2007 04:27 PM

            Flatiron Lounge in NYC made this amazing cocktail called a Juniper Breeze which was really the essence of spring.

            Juniper Breeze
            1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin
            1/2 oz Belvoir Elderflower Cordial
            1 1/2 oz Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
            1/2 oz Cranberry
            splash fresh lime juice
            Build over ice in a double rocks glass, roll.

            It's best with the somewhat pricey elderflower cordial, but I've found that Ikea makes a very inexpensive elderflower something that's good in a pinch, but you have to add a bit more.

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