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May 30, 2007 12:18 PM

Need mediterranean cocktail - old or new

I'm hosting a dinner party in a few weeks and I'm having mediterranean (not sure of the exact menu - it's pot luck). What can I have as a cocktail to start? I'd like it to be summery and to evoke the flavors of the region. One exception - no ouzo - I hate anise. Anything traditional or a new idea is welcome - I'm happy to taste test! Thanks.

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  1. How about a nice Juniperitivo -- by Jerri Banks.

    2 oz Junipero gin
    1 oz fresh lime juice
    1 oz : simple syrup
    1/2 oz : pomegranate molasses
    2 sprigs of mint

    Muddle all ingredients minus, gin. Add gin and ice, shake, serve up.

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    1. re: fafner

      Fafner, just a question, but have you been trained or worked with Jerri Banks? The Juniperotivo, as described, is exactly as she makes them.

      I do think this is an exquisite cocktail that would accompany most mediterranean dishes. The pomegranate molasses is delicious!!

      1. re: fafner

        Wow - that sounds excellent! Thank you so much. I'll do a dry (wet?) run this weekend.

      2. While you're tasting, try a Settanta Cinque (the # 75 in Italian)

        1 1/2 oz Aperol (Italian aperitivo)
        1/2 lemon
        1/2 oz simple syrup
        Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine)

        Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a cocktail shaker, add the lemon rind (don't bother zesting, just throw the whole fruit in), fill with ice, Aperol and simple syrup. Shake well, strain into a Champagne flute or collins glass and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired.

        1. Rosemary Gin Fizz

          1/4 cup gin
          2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
          1 tablespoon Rosemary Syrup
          Ice cubes
          Cold club soda
          1 rosemary sprig and fresh red currants, for garnish

          1.In a tall glass, stir the gin, lemon juice and Rosemary Syrup. Fill the glass halfway with ice; top with club soda. Garnish with the rosemary and currants and serve.

          Rosemary Syrup ingredients:
          2 cups water
          1/2 cup sugar
          4 rosemary sprigs, rinsed

          1.Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over moderately low heat for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain the syrup and chill.
          MAKE AHEAD The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week

          1. How about something with Campari?
            These are the ingredients...instructions can be found on the website

            Negroni Recipe
            - 1 oz Gin
            - 1 oz Campari
            - 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

            1. Reporting back:

              The Juniperitivo was excellent - very intense flavours.
              The Rosemary Gin Fizz was very good, although we added more of the rosemary syrup because we found it a bit subtle. It was very refreshing.
              The Negroni was good but we thought it might be a bit heavy for summer.
              We are looking for Aperol so we can try the Settana Cinque.

              Thanks for all the suggestions! We're happy to try more anytime ;)