Drink DuJour: Santina Spritz

Created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, the bright and buzzy Santina restaurant brings coastal Italian fare to New York City’s Meatpacking District.

Stroll through the neighboring Whitney Museum of American Art before stopping in for a leisurely cocktail at the vibrant bar or enjoy fresh seafood at the outdoor seating area situated underneath the iconic High Line. The restaurant’s strategically curated menu takes inspiration from the neighborhood’s history, featuring fresh vegetables and fish. Guests can savor dishes like Spaghetti Blue Crab, Swordfish Dogana, Fusilli Santina and more. More importantly, though, peruse the cocktail menu’s refreshing choices like the Basil Bellini, View From Positano, or the Amalfi Gold for the ultimate sensory experience.

And the newest creation from Santina’s mixologists, the Santina Spritz, makes for the perfect drink to toast the end of summer. Impress your guests with this easy-to-make, yet beautiful, cocktail at your last warm-weather soirée of the season.   

Frozen Aperol
Soda water
Fresh mint

Preparation: Add frozen Aperol to pitcher and top with Prosecco and soda water. Stir to blend and pour into balloon wine glasses. Garnish with orange wheel and mint sprig.


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Drink DuJour: Rebel Rosé Cocktail

Wine and bourbon is not a pairing that typically comes to mind when thinking of creating a cocktail; however, the two combine complicated elements of bitterness and sweetness to create a unique and satisfying drink. Wine giant Josh Cellars Wine is proving just this by joining forces with Redemption Bourbon to create an unexpected cocktail to close the summer with a bang. With just four ingredients, the Rebel Rosé Cocktail marries quality ingredients to create a simple yet inspiring and refreshing end of summer drink. The Josh Cellars Rosé, Licor 43 and grapefruit juice combined, provide notes of lightness and zest while the Redemption Bourbon adds an edgy, masculine punch. 

4 oz. Josh Cellars Rosé
1.5 oz. Redemption Bourbon
1 oz. Licor 43
Grapefruit Juice

Preparation: Pour Josh Cellars Rosé, Redemption Bourbon and Licor 43 in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour over ice and top with grapefruit juice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel and enjoy.

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Drink DuJour: Red Dragon Rosé Sangria

A Chinese restaurant may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re looking for sangria, but then again: Philippe by Philippe Chow is not your average Chinese restaurant. The Upper East Side hotspot serves up everything from Beijing-style favorites like Chicken Satay and Banana Leaf Steamed Snapper to creative desserts like the Cotton Candy Baked Alaska and Fortune Cookie Red Velvet Cake. The luxurious eatery has also catered to a slew of A-listers including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Matt Damon, Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour and more. The sleek space features shimmering gold-leaf ceilings, intricate latticework, and a hint of Chinoiserie. The restaurant even boasts two ultra-exclusive private dining rooms on the basement level, for their celebrity clientele.


Adjacent to the plush dining room sits the bar and lounge, where guests can sip on a selection of vintage champagnes as well as unique signature cocktails, like the Philipptini, Modern Mai Tai, Malibu Mao and more. Here, we got the recipe for one of the restaurant’s brand-new sips, the Red Dragon Rosé Sangria, made with rosé wine, ruby grapefruit, bourbon and raspberry.



1 Part bourbon

2 Parts HITO Rosé wine

1 Part fresh squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit

1 Dash of Ruby Red Grapefruit syrup*

In a wine glass filled with ice, combine all ingredients then garnish with berries and Lychee nuts. Top off with Sprite.


*Ruby Red Grapefruit Syrup

1 cup fresh ruby red grapefruit juice

1 cup sugar 

Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer 3 mins. Cool and reserve. Will keep in fridge for one week.

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Drink DuJour: Bama Breeze

The renowned restaurateur, chef and cookbook author Lucy Buffett also happens to be the sister of the legendary Parrothead, Jimmy Buffett. Along the Gulf Shores of Alabama you can find her cooking up classic Buffett family recipes and mixing some of the most refreshing libations that will have you feeling like you’re living in “Margaritaville.” In her newest cookbook, Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life, Lucy shares her favorite dishes, cocktails and tales from growing up in the Buffett household.

“The Bama Breeze features all my favorite ingredients. We came up with it after my brother’s song by the same name,” Lucy reveals in Gumbo Love. “My one and only acting gig, in fact, came when I got to play the bar owner singing onstage for the “Bama Breeze” music video. It was a whole lot of fun, but the experience made me thankful for my day job!” 

Mix this inspiring concoction at home or if you find yourself down south, stop by one of Lucy’s cheeky restaurants for a little island-escapism.

1 Lime, cut into wedges
½ oz. Simple syrup*
¾ oz. Ruby red grapefruit–flavored vodka
¾ oz. Coconut rum
Cranberry juice 

Put lime wedges in the bottom of a metal cocktail shaker. Add the simple syrup, vodka, and rum. Muddle gently, avoiding the lime rinds, which can add a bitter taste. Fill the shaker with ice and cranberry juice. Pour the mixture back and forth between the shaker and a large mixing glass a few times. Pour the drink into a glass, add a straw, garnish with a lime wedge, and enjoy the Breeze!

*Simple Syrup: Combine ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water  in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Once cool, pour the syrup into a storage container. It will keep, refrigerated, for a long time.

Main image credit: Sara Essex Bradley

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Drink DuJour: Paloma Cocktail

If you’re looking for a way to honor National Tequila Day (officially July 24th), or you’re simply craving a craft Tequila beverage, you’re going to want to visit the newly opened Estate Garden Grill. This elevated garden perched on top of the trendy Ravel Hotel in Long Island City offers guests swanky white couches, casual picnic tables and views of the Manhattan skyline which serve as the most picturesque backdrop.

But best of all: they serve a tequila Paloma cocktail (as well as other delicious options) on draft.

This means you can expect the greatest perks of a draft cocktail: no shaking, stirring or waiting involved. Estate Garden Grill‘s additional draft cocktails include a blue nectar silver tequila-based margarita (also perfect for National Tequila Day), flavored Frozé and a peach vodka drink.

For native Manhattanites, this is the perfect urban escape. You’ll have both a breezy backyard vibe with a taste of New York City as the kitchen is led by Seth Levine, the head chef at Hotel Chantelle on the Lower East Side. Highlights from this al fresco menu include ceviche, Baha Fish Tacos and Grilled Skewers. 

See below for the Estate Garden Grill’s Paloma cocktail recipe for your own taste, at home.

1.75 oz Silver Tequila
.5 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
.25 oz Agave

Preparation: Line the rim of a highball glass with a grapefruit wedge. Dip rim of glass in salt. Combine all ingredients and serve with ice. 

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Drink DuJour: Jalapeño Avocado Margarita

People who love to brunch tend to take it very seriously. After all, it’s often the last opportunity to convene with friends and unwind before facing the responsibilities of the coming week. And for brunchers everywhere, one thing is clear: 2017 is (so far) the year of the avocado. From now until Labor Day, stop by one of the many Omni Hotels & Resorts locations to lounge poolside and enjoy their latest creation, the Jalapeño Avocado Margarita. A perfect marriage of sweet and spicy flavors, this cocktail will pair excellently with any of the hotel’s brunch offerings but is also robust enough to stand on its own.

“Avocados are such a versatile ingredient in culinary applications, so why not in a cocktail?” explains Kim Haasarud, Master Mixologist and Beverage Consultant for Omni Hotels & Resorts. “When crafting our ‘Art of Water’ poolside menus, we wanted to feature a cocktail with avocado at the forefront. Tequila and avocado are a natural pair, so that was our base.”

Despite these classic Mexican ingredients, there are still complex elements to give the margarita a unique twist. “The tequila we use is infused with jalapeño – which adds a nice kick – and is balanced by the creaminess from the avocado and the subtle sweetness from the agave. Instead of the classic salt rim, we use TAJÍN Clásico seasoning – a spice mix of Mexican chile, lime and salt – which adds a pop of flavor to every sip!”

When it comes to the garnish, Haasarud went big. “To top it off, we garnish with a house-made cilantro-lime popsicle. As it melts, the cocktail becomes bright and herbaceous. It’s not a drink you see every day – but, trust me, it’s just perfect on a hot summer day.”

1½ oz. Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila
¾ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. Fresh lime juice
1 oz Monin Organic Agave
½ Avocado
Cilantro-lime popsicle*

Rim cocktail glass with lime juice and Tajin Clasico. Place ½ of a whole ripe avocado into a mixing glass and muddle into a smooth puree. Add ice and all other ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled, prepared cocktail glass. Garnish with a cilantro-lime popsicle (optional).

*Cilantro-Lime Popsicle
4 oz. Monin peach syrup
2 oz. Monin sugar-free triple sec
2 oz. Fresh lime juice
8 oz. Cold water
2 Limes, sliced in half-wheels
¼ cup Cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Mix all ingredients (except the limes and cilantro) until fully incorporated. Pour into molds. Add 1-2 half-wheel slices of lime and a few cilantro leaves into each mold. Place in sticks and freeze overnight.


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Drink DuJour: Violet Milk Punch

Anywhere in the world, gin is my spirit of choice. But there’s no better place to sip an utterly whimsical gin cocktail than London. And for the summer, upscale Chelsea hotel 11 Cadogan Gardens has launched a menu in conjunction with SipSmith gin full of flowery, fresh concoctions honoring the beloved botanical spirit.

“We’ve partnered with one of London’s oldest and most distinguished distillers, SipSmith, to create a unique ‘Ginspired Menu’ that explores the taste of summer,” says General Manager Soliman Khaddour. “The unique Violet Milk Punch cocktail blends the brand’s Dry Gin with quintessential British flavors.”

Below, get the recipe for one of the most intriguing drinks on offer, the vibrant Violet Milk Punch. 

50 ml Sipsmith Dry Gin
20 ml Orgeat syrup/ Almond syrup
25 ml Oleo saccharum*
10ml Lime juice
20ml Butterfly Tea
50 ml Milk
Oranges slices
Edible Flowers

Take a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Add the ingredients to the  cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Add ice to a pre-chilled glass of your choice. Using a strainer, strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with dried orange slice and edible flowers. 

Oleo saccharum*
4 Lemons
8 oz. white sugar

Peel 4 lemons into a bowl and add 8 ounces of white sugar to the peels. Muddle this until the oils release from the peel. Leave for 1 hour. Strain the liquid, ready to use in the cocktail.

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Drink DuJour: All American

Typically, Fourth of July is all about finding the best place to look up at the fireworks. But if you really want to celebrate America’s birthday in a big way, you’ve got to aim a little higher.

One World Observatory at the top of One World Trade Center in New York City is hosting a Fourth of July party where guests will not only be able to see the fireworks across all five boroughs, but will actually be watching from above the booms.

Making the event all the more festive are specialty cocktails made with Heroes American Vodka, a brand founded in 2009 by U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Travis McVey. Heroes donates a portion of all proceeds to AMVETS, Operation StandDown and more organizations dedicated to helping veterans, and what could be more patriotic than that?

“The bar at One World Observatory provides a stunning view of New York City, and our drinks are designed to celebrate aspects of the area’s unique culture and history,” said Richard Porteus, General Manager of Hospitality at One World Observatory. “For July 4, our signature drink—the All-American—features a blend of delicious ingredients that are as patriotic as the name suggests.”

Tickets to this Fourth of July soirée can be purchased here

2 oz. Heroes American Vodka
1 ½ oz. Coconut water
1 ½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Lavender simple syrup
½ oz. Blue curaçao

Combine ingredients, shake and strain over ice in a glass. Partially muddle the strawberries, pour into a wine glass, top with ice. Combine. Float blue curaçao over drink.


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Drink DuJour: Pink Flamingos

Starting today, W Hotels across Manhattan will be celebrating Pride weekend with an array of colorful cocktails. Between 3:30pm and 8pm, visitors and guests at four W locations in the Big Apple will be greeted at the elevator by drag queens Marti Gould Cummings, Monet, Dina Delicious and Pixie Aventura.

The W New York Downtown will be serving up the red stripe in this boozy, city-wide rainbow with a concoction of gin, cranberry and grapefruit juice. 

“We’re so excited to be able to partner with these iconic personas and incredible spirits brands,” said W New York’s Marketing Manager Pablo-Andres Lopez. “The chance to offer our guests something exclusive, surprising, inspired by the effervescent spirit of everything that Pride stands for is something that hits close to home for the W Hotels of New York.” 

1.5 oz. Four Pillars Gin Rare Dry
2 oz. Cranberry juice
1 oz. Pink grapefruit juice
2 dashes Peychauds bitters 

Combine all ingredients over ice in cocktail shaker.  Shake and strain. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.


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