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Greenwich Bistro Mixes Holiday Drinks With a Twist

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. “They’re 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 they’re 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 they’re comfortable enough seeing the ingredients for the drink, but intrigued by what we put into it, that we’ve made something special,” he said.

Kameron works with a behind-the-scenes team to create Morello’s 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.

• Berri Sophisticate

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Absolut Berri Acai vodka Pinch fresh lime juice Sparkling wine

3 fresh blueberries on a stick, for garnish

Directions

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.

• Raspberry Sparkle

Ingredients:

Fresh raspberries

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Aperol liqueur

1.5 oz Blood Orange juice

Prosecco or any sparkling wine

Twist orange peel

Directions:

1. Pour Aperol and blood orange juice in champagne glass

2. Fill glass with Prosecco

3. Garnish with orange peel

• Pomegranate Mint Mojito

Ingredients

5 slices lime

simple syrup

12 sprigs fresh mint

1.5 oz Bacardi rum

Club soda

Pomegranate juice

Directions

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!

Be part of the conversation: What are some of your favorite cocktails for holiday parties?

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