Happy Hour: Sinatra Smash

Sinatra smash cocktail

 

Awards season is in full swing, and the anticipation has us reminiscing about the many opulent galas in our past. One of the highlights from the 2009 Beard Awards reception was the eclectic mix of festive cocktails, and among our favorites was this delicious blackberry and whiskey concoction from Patricia Richards of the Wynn Las Vegas. The beauty of a smash, which dates all the way back to the late 1800s, is its versatility: it's refreshing in the summertime, and it's uplifting in the dead of winter; it's most often made with whiskey, but is equally delightful with gin, vodka, or rum; and any garnishes you have on hand (mint, citrus, fresh berries, or anything you favor) will only make it shine even more. This luscious, elegant rendition, however, might just win our vote. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Sinatra Smash

blackberriesOne of the highlights of the Beard Awards reception was the vast assortment of festive cocktails. Among our favorites was this delicious blackberry and whiskey concoction from Patricia Richards of the Wynn Las Vegas. Here’s the recipe: 4 fresh blackberries 1 ½ ounces fresh sweet and sour mix ¼ ounce Sonoma Vanilla–infused simple syrup ½ ounce Briotett crème de cassis 1 ½ ounces Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey Muddle the blackberries with the sweet and sour. Add simple syrup, crème de cassis, and whiskey. Shake with ice until chilled, strain over cracked ice in an old-fashioned glass, and serve garnished with a mint sprig.

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