Alberto's Cocktail - from the drink master at La Caravelle in New York City
1 1/2 ounces vodka
3 ounces champagne
3 fresh mint sprigs
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Place the mint sprigs in a shaker and muddle until oils are released. Add the vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and plenty of cracked ice, and shake vigorously to combine, them strain into a water goblet or wine glass. Top with the champagne and serve.
For you tequila lovers, a departure from the margarita. The name is a bonus.
Bling Bling - from Cocktail Parties with a Twist - Alexandra and Eliot Angle
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1 1/2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
Place tequila, grapefruit juice, and plenty of cracked ice in a shaker, and shake vigorously to combine. Strain thoroughly into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and top with ginger ale. Squeeze the lime wedge over the drink, toss it in, and serve.
Boil a cup of sugar in a cup of water and stir until dissolved. Let cool, decant into a glass container and keep refrigerated.
Enjoy your weekend.
photo by Heidi Schumann for The New York Times