By Bren Herrera
Spring is finally here! But, does it feel like it to you where you are? Are you seeing floral buds and hear birds chirping? The weather has been stunning and just about with 70 degrees and breezy air some days; and then border line depressing on others where all you want to do is crawl in your comfy bed and peruse through some delicious cookbooks (think delectable desserts and cream puffs).
Fortunately, longer waves of lovely days are around the corner and we can start planning outdoor trysts and lusting over foods and drinks that invite happiness and a free spirit! For me, the quintessential way of celebrating our accomplishments, no matter how big or small, or even the renewed solstice is to have a chilly cocktail–you know the ones that smell of fresh fruit, set the mood for the occasion and cause you to raise your glass for a “cheers!”
There is no doubt I love espresso. A refreshing iced espresso on a balmy day is even better when paired with a dash of a coffee liqueur and an Irish cream. The result is heavenly and seductive at the same time. Throw a few coffee beans on top and you have a beautiful libation to share with your friends. Not to mention, the double dose of espresso will awaken every dormant sense.
While I love playing mixologist at home and for clients, there are times I want to be catered to. This is when I call on my expert at one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. ONE. Midtown is lucky to have Jorrie, an enthusiastic creator of all things involving spirits and liquors. She will make a drink out of anything you put in front of her. I asked my jovial friend and her right-hand man Robbie to entice me with a spring-y libation that would be fruity but still have some punch. What they came up was so tantalizing, I had to share it with you. Notes of lime and grape topped with bubbly make this cocktail a must-have to your springtime party fare. It’s simple enough to make at home, so next time you’re entertaining, bring out your barware and start shaking!
Creamy Dreamy Espresso Martini
1.0 shot chilled espresso
1 oz. Patron Café XO
1.5 oz. Irish crème
1/2 oz. Vodka
Add all ingredients and ice to martini shaker. Shake well. Strain and pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with whole coffee beans and chocolate shavings.
Rhine River Shrub (as made by mixologist at ONE. Midtown)
2 oz. fresh grape infused Vodka
2 oz Riesling
½ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
Combine all over ice. Shake very well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
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