Thursday, July 10, 2014

Toast to Summer

Today I got a call telling me not to come into work tonight.  No biggie, Malibu just wasn't hopping today.  Truth is, it's hard to open up a restaurant in this city.  Regardless of if you have the best chef, which we do, the perfect location and incredible bartenders, plenty of people in this city aren't adventurous or willing to drive.  You can open up a location in the perfect spot but the lifespan of many restaurants in LA is shorter than a gnat's life, which really sucks.  You find that perfect dish, crave it, go back six months later and find a bar and restaurant called Public School (insert area code) has taken over.  Which brings me to the recipe I'm sharing this evening.

A couple of years ago I tended bar in a restaurant called Fraiche.  I loved it there at first.  The staff was so very cool.  It was in Culver City, across from the studios so the clientele was amazing as well.  Of course, after we started sending out specials on Groupon, it was all downhill from there.  But it had a great run and I learned an amazing cocktail and honestly, they had the best drinks of any bar I have stood behind.  I don't feel bad sharing something that I didn't create, it's a vodka gimlet with grapefruit juice, not exactly the epitome of creative, but really damn good.

I chose Tito's for this recipe because it's made in America and distilled in Austin...and Austin is a pretty kick ass city if you haven't been.  St. Germaine is a French liqueur, and they sent us the Statue of Liberty, so when you think about it, this liberating cocktail just makes sense.  

Here's the recipe.

2oz Tito's Vodka
1/2 oz St. Germaine
1/2 oz Lime Juice (fresh lime is the best, lazy, already made lime is good too)
1/2 oz  Simple Syrup (find the recipe here)
1oz Grapefruit Juice (also, fresh juice is the best, but ain't no shame in the carton)

Combine your ingredients in your mixing glass first.  Then put ice in your shaker tin, dump your ingredients into the ice and shake it like you mean it.

Next, strain it into your favorite martini glass or redneck stemware.


After, you can garnish with a grapefruit peel if you're really feeling fancy, or just drink and enjoy. 

As you all know, drink responsibly!

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