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Seasonal Cocktails

London Bow Tie (Recipe)

THE LONDON BOW TIE

John Peet / The Flintridge Proper

John Peet

John’s contribution to our spring cocktail menu is one of the most interesting cocktails we’ve had in years – both in taste and presentation.

With your first sip, the orgeat and bourbon provide a tiki vibe evoking warm, lazy sunsets in the tropics. But as you move through the cocktail, the bitter notes of the Italian Digestif, Amaro, hiding at the bottom, slowly make themselves known – transforming the drink into something more interesting and complex with each subsequent sip.

The Felonious Monk (Recipe)

THE FELONIOUS MONK

Tobais Jelinek /The Flintridge Proper

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Tobias pays tribute to spring in Flintridge with a symphony of greens – both Green Chartreuse and The Green Fairy, Absinthe –  in this easy drinking vodka cocktail certain to please nearly every taste.

Starting with citrus vodka, he adds Green Chartreuse the beguiling bright green liquour that has been made by Carthusian Monks from a secret recipe of more than 130 different herbs, plants and flowers since the early 1600s.  He then balances it with fresh lemon, local honey and a spray of the Green Fairy, Absinthe, for additional complexity on the nose.

Secret Garden (Recipe)

THE SECRET GARDEN

Kristin Mercer / The Flintridge Proper

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Kristin celebrates spring in the foothills with this gorgeous and delicious homage to the beautiful rose gardens at nearby Descanso Gardens.  This nearly perfectly balanced gin libation plays the bitter orange and rhubarb notes of the bright orange apertif, Aperol, against the sweet floral notes of our housemade elderflower syrup and a dash of peach bitters for a bright, fruity cocktail that’s not too sweet to enjoy several…

Jalisco Shandy (Recipe)

JALISCO SHANDY

Angel Meza / The Flintridge Proper

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Angel pays tribute to his Latin heritage with this riff on the traditional shandy (drinks mixed with beer).  Here he uses both tequila and smoky mezcal, then adds lime, muddle strawberry and habanero pepper for a tipple that is both complex and refreshing.

The Irish Spice (Recipe)

THE IRISH SPICE

Kristin Mercer / The Flintridge Proper

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Kristin had two goals when she set out to fashion the ideal autumn tipple: to create a cocktail that featured Irish whiskey as a nod to her Irish heritage and to incorporate autumn flavors – like Allspice, Cranberry and orange – without making a drink that was too sweet.

We think what she’s come up with captures the essence of Autumn beautifully in a libation that is balanced enough to be enjoyed all year round.

Somerset, KY (Recipe)

SOMERSET, KY

John Peet / The Flintridge Proper

John Peet

 

John, an Ohio boy, created this drink to celebrate the Kentucky town where his family would gather to enjoy the change of season as “Summer Sets.”

 

The Switzer Bramble

SWITZER BRAMBLE

Tobais Jelinek /The Flintridge Proper

FlintridgeProper-482Named after the famed Switzer hunting camp that once graced the foothills just North of the Proper, this is a fresh take on a modern class of drinks known as a brambles.  Originally created in the 80s as an updated version of a gin sour with berry liqueur, Tobias’ version uses the freshest seasonal berries that come into the kitchen.

Not only is this cocktail delicious, it’s also easy to make at home – without having to make or buy any special ingredients. And by changing up which berries you use, you can vary this cocktail for a many different tastes.

Tobias was inspired to create this drink by his childhood memories of Autumn romps through the forest harvesting wild berries before the holiday season.

The Indian Summer

THE INDIAN SUMMER

Angel Meza / Flintridge Proper

Angel ShakingAngel created this cocktail to celebrate those strangely warm days that sneak up and surprise us once we’re convinced Autumn has settled in for good.  The apple and cinnamon evoke the flavors of fall while the lemon and pear provide a sunny brightness that reminds us of those last sunny, summery days before the long winter.

According to Angel, The Indian Summer is also a “great gateway cocktail for those who don’t like to taste the alcohol” in their cocktails.”