Wine and spirits expert Zack Kameron, sommelier at Morello Italian Bistro on Greenwich Avenue, knows Greenwich patrons aren't interested in just any old cocktail when they hit the town. Theyre looking for something that is a twist on something they already know, he said. They certainly enjoy classic drinks, but I think when people go out theyre looking for something more than just a two-ingredient drink.
Kameron, who has been at Morello for three years, said the Greenwich clientele tends to want a twist on classic drinks. When you take them to that next level, where theyre comfortable enough seeing the ingredients for the drink, but intrigued by what we put into it, that weve made something special, he said.
Kameron works with a behind-the-scenes team to create Morellos drink recipes from different infusions, to names and garnishes. During the holidays we try to create cocktails that are not only inventive, fun and unique, but involve seasonal flavors, fruits, vegetables and spices, he said.
Here are four seasonal cocktail recipes, courtesy of Morello, that would make a great addition at your holiday party.
1.5 oz Absolut Berri Acai vodka Pinch fresh lime juice Sparkling wine
3 fresh blueberries on a stick, for garnish
1. In a mixing glass, pour in the Absolut Berri Acai vodka, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup.
2. Top off the drink with any sparkling wine.
3. Garnish the drink using three fresh blueberries on a stick as decoration.
honey rosemary syrup
1.5 oz lime juice
1.5 oz Absolut raspberry (1.5 oz)
1.5 oz Cranberry juice
Sprig of fresh rosemary
1. Take 3 raspberries and muddle with honey rosemary syrup
2. Add lime juice and Absolut raspberry, and cranberry juice
3. Shake mixture and pour through sieve over ice
4. Garnish with raspberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary
Blood Orange Bellini
1.5 oz Aperol liqueur
1.5 oz Blood Orange juice
Prosecco or any sparkling wine
Twist orange peel
1. Pour Aperol and blood orange juice in champagne glass
2. Fill glass with Prosecco
3. Garnish with orange peel
Pomegranate Mint Mojito
5 slices lime
12 sprigs fresh mint
1.5 oz Bacardi rum
1. In a mixing glass muddle lime, simple syrup and fresh mint.
2. Add ice and Bacardi rum then shake mixture
3. Pour mixture into bar glass.
4. Add club soda and pomegranate juice to taste.
Serve up and enjoy!
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