Drink DuJour: Nonna’s Mule

Housed in Miami’s ivy-covered Hotel St. Michel, Zucca is an Italian ristorante and bar serving indulgent cuisine from across Italy’s varied regions. The restaurant boasts an award-winning mixology program and features unique sips such as the Fifty Sage of Grey and Gran Hotel de Milan.

This week’s Drink DuJour, Nonna’s Mule, is an Italian take on the Moscow Mule created by Zucca’s head bartender Giorgia Crea. The fresh cocktail combines lime juice, ginger syrup, watermelon juice, grapefruit soda and Grappa, and is served in a chilled copper mug. Pair the colorful drink with Fiori di Zucca, fried zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella, or a charcuterie board.

Here, see the recipe for this refreshing (and Insta-worthy) craft cocktail.

NONNA’S MULE
1 ½ oz. Grappa
¾ oz Lemongrass/Ginger Syrup
¾ oz. Lime Juice
¾ oz. Watermelon Juice
Top with Grapefruit Soda

Preparation: Add Grappa, watermelon, and lemongrass/ginger syrup to a shaker filled with ice and mix. Add grapefruit soda to the shaker and strain into a chilled copper mug. Add crushed ice and garnish with a slice of watermelon and a lime wheel.

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Drink DuJour: Varda Liquid Poetry

At Bonito, chefs Laurent Cantineaux and Ronan Mahe have combined South American cuisine with French gastronomy. The gorgeous St. Barth restaurant, housed on a terrace overlooking the water, also offers a creative cocktail menu with selections like the Black Pearl, the Zombie, Skull Myst and more, and we got the recipe for one of Bonito’s most beautiful cocktails: the Varda Liquid Poetry. “”Bonito’s Varda Liquid Poetry blossoms from the outside to the inside,” bar manager Jerome Hurtado says. “The combination of fresh lemon juice, aloe-vera and homemade verbena liqueur, lends itself a refreshing taste, becoming the perfect cocktail after a long day at Gustavia Beach in St. Barths.”

See the recipe for the floral drink below.

VARDA LIQUID POETRY
1 1/2 oz Hendrick’s gin
1/3 oz soho liquor
1/3 oz verbena liqueur
1 oz aloe-vera juice

Garnish: Top with club soda and pineapple foam.

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Drink DuJour: Sake Your Eda‘Mame’

In honor of Spirited South Florida, Miami’s Komodo has introduced three new cocktails to its menu. The three-story restaurant and lounge, located in Miami’s glamorous Brickell neighborhood, is home to three bars serving handcrafted cocktails and features “birds’ nest” treehouse-style seating. The third floor plays host to Komodo Lounge, developed by nightlife powerhouse David Grutman, known for Miami Beach’s LIV and STORY.

 

One of the three new cocktails, the Sake Your Eda’Mame,’ utilizes edamame as the signature ingredient. While you may have seen edamame used as a Bloody Mary garnish, the ingredient steals the show in this drink. The frothy sip is concocted with Stoli Elit Vodka, Enter Black Dot Sake, edamame-nigori purée, shiso leaf, lemon juice and lime juice.

 

Mix the distinctive drink with the recipe below.

 

SAKE YOUR EDA‘MAME’

1oz Stoli Elit Vodka

1oz Enter Black Dot Sake

.5oz Fresh lemon juice

.5oz Fresh lime juice

.75oz Simple syrup

1.25oz Edamame Nigori purée

1oz Shiso leaf

 

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an open edamame pod.

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Dennis Rodman Talks with DuJour about North Korea

In an exclusive interview with DuJour, Dennis Rodman opens up about his most recent trip to North Korea–one that has left onlookers confused and with many questions.

Rodman speaks about visiting the closed-off country, the people he encountered there and his conversations with Kim Jong-un, the “hated” dictator, for reasons which include the human rights violations which were publicly condemned by the UN General Assembly under the leadership of Kim Jong-il, and which continue on today.

 

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Drink DuJour: The Mexico City

In the wake of Mexico’s 8.2 magnitude and 7.1 magnitude earthquakes—both of which have left Mexico City and many parts of the country in devastating conditions—New York City’s Sir Henri Penthouse atop Hotel Henri is helping to support to Save the Children Mexico.

Now through Sunday, October 1st, 100 percent of the proceeds from their signature Mexico City cocktail will go to the organization. Throughout October, 10 percent of every cocktail sold will also be donated. The drink, developed by mixologist Gil Bouhana, mixes Patrón reposado tequila, Pedro Ximénez sherry, chocolate bitters and a dash of saline.

In addition to visiting Sir Henri this weekend, you can continue to assist the victims of the earthquake with donations via the Mexican Red Cross.

MEXICO CITY
1 dash of saline
3 dashes chocolate bitters
.45 oz Pedro Ximénez sherry
2 oz Patron reposado tequila

Preparation: Stir and serve on the rocks in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon and grated nutmeg.

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Uma Thurman Celebrates DuJour Fall Cover at Magic Hour

Posing for photos alongside her Fall cover of DuJour, actress Uma Thurman was dressed in a chic black suit on the evening of Sept. 25 at the Magic Hour rooftop at the newly opened Moxy Hotel.

She spoke to DuJour publisher Jason Binn about her upcoming Broadway debut in The Parisian Woman. “I couldn’t possibly be more excited. I’m just sort of getting my head around the prep,” she said when DuJour interviewed her for its cover story.

The Broadway show is titled The Parisian Woman, but actually revolves around an ambitious Washingtonian, Chloe, and the lengths she goes to help her husband (played by Josh Lucas) secure a powerful position in the modern-day political landscape. Based on La Parisienne, a 19th-century French comedy by Henry Becque, it was written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, whose celebrated 2008 play Farragut North was based on his experience as a staffer on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. “He’s an inspiration, actually,” Thurman says. “His writing is so sharp and so witty and funny and dry and fast and also deep and provocative.”

It’s surprising that Thurman’s thirty-year career hasn’t yet included a stop on Broadway. She’s clear to note that that’s not for any lack of interest on her part. In fact, it’s been a much focused-on career goal that she’s carefully plotted, waiting for just the right time— and the time is right now. In prior years, finding the time to even see a Broadway show was difficult. Her oldest child, daughter Maya Thurman-Hawke, a model and student at Julliard, is 19 years old, son Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke is 15 and Luna, Thurman’s daughter with former fiancé Arpad Busson, just turned five. “I’m finding myself a little freed up,” she says. “Twenty years of having a child somewhere in the super neediest ages has its blessings and its challenges to your time; but I think I’ll be able to get out more in the future.”

Thurman in this moment is readying herself for center stage. She’s well aware of the physical and emotional toll that eight shows a week has on a person and isn’t taking it lightly. “It’s so much work. I’m scared. I feel like I’m at the base of a very steep incline,” she says. “It’s going to be challenging beyond words. I’m going to do just about whatever I can.” There’s no doubt that she will and that the results will be sublime.

Notable attendees there to celebrate alongside Thurman were FOX News Kimberly Guilfoyle, hotelier Vikram Chatwal, Related Companies’ Jeff Mancini and Real Housewives of New York Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer.

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Drink DuJour: 50 Central Park

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park just recently debuted a new signature aroma, 50 Central Park, and now there’s an enticing cocktail to match.

Crafted by luxury fragrance company Antica Farmacista and named after its coveted address on Central Park South, the scent evokes the park’s delicate beauty, with notes of elderflower, mountain mint, and ripe strawberries. Served at The Star Lounge, legendary barman Norman Bukofzer crafted the new signature cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Veev Acai Vodka, St. Germain, and Lime Juice.

Below, see how you can capture the essence of the iconic NYC hotel with your own concocted libation.

50 CENTRAL PARK COCKTAIL:
2 ½ oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
½ Veev Acai Vodka
½ St. Germaine
½ Lime Juice

Preparation: Pour Bombay Sapphire Gin, Veev Acai Vodka, St. Germain, and Lime Juice in cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Pour in martini glass and float a mint garnish.

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Drink DuJour: Cotton Candy Cosmo

Located in the heart of South Beach, Sugar Factory Ocean Drive is known for its celebrity clientele and ultra-Instagrammable cocktails and desserts. The trendy restaurant’s Cotton Candy Cosmo is no exception, with a rainbow pop rocks rim and cotton candy garnish. “The Cotton Candy Cosmo turns a childhood staple into an adult treat. Mixing Cotton Candy Vodka with flavors of Orange, Lime and Cranberry allows for fruity, citrus notes to balance out the sweet flavor of the drink. The pop rock rim adds a little extra surprise, while the cotton candy on top lets you enjoy your favorite childhood treat in its traditional form,”says Founder of Sugar Factory American Brasserie Charissa Davidovici.

Satisfy your own sweet tooth with the recipe below.

COTTON CANDY COSMO:

2oz Cotton candy vodka
1oz Orange vodka
.5oz Triple sec
1oz Lime juice
1oz Cranberry juice

Preparation: Mix in a cocktail shaker. Garnish with cotton candy pop rocks rim and top with a cotton candy ball on skewer.

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