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Warm Nights, Cool Cocktails

Five Greater Palm Springs bartenders reveal recipes that take advantage of seasonal summer fruits.

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Watermelon cubes put to use a seasonal summer fruit to concoct the Watermelon Martini at Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHANNES RESTAURANT

Long days and balmy nights are reason enough to reach for an icy beverage spiked with your favorite summer alcohol. But it’s the newly ripe and delicious fruits that have us craving something seasonal. Thankfully, local mixologists are all about changing up their menus with nuanced recipes and fresh flavors.

Steen Bojsen-Møller, beverage director of Foundation-10 Creative and co-owner of Seymour’s Lounge at Mr. Lyons Steakhouse, may be partial to mangos, but it’s strawberries that he favors for summertime drinks. His Strawberry Gin Smash is punctuated with the addition of watermelon cubes for another dimension of prime-season flavor.

“I wanted to make something light and fruity for the beginning of the Palm Springs summer,” Bojsen-Moller says. “It’s refreshing, hydrating, and also tastes and looks great.”

From peach puree to basil leaves, five bartenders suggest their preferred ingredients for July. Try these cocktails direct from the venue, or make one at home and take it poolside.

Strawberry Gin

By Steen Bojsen-Møller, co-owner, Seymour’s Lounge

2 ounces Strawberry Infused Brokers Gin

1 ounce Lime Juice

1 ounce Cane Sugar

4-5 leaves mint

Top with Soda Water

Compressed Watermelon Ice Cubes

The Watermelon Cubes are made by dicing the melon and then putting the cubes in a commercial vacuum sealer called a CryoVac.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF SEYMOUR’S LOUNGE

The ingredients except for the soda water are shaken with regular ice, then fine strained over the watermelon cubes in a Collins glass. Topped with soda and garnished with a sprig of mint and a strawberry.

Seymour’s Lounge, 233 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-327-1551; mrlyonsps.com/new/mr-lyons-home.html

Apricot Soirée

By Sherman Chan, mixologist,
TRIO Restaurant

1.5 ounces Effen Vodka

0.75 ounces Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur

3 Fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish

0.5 ounces lemon juice

0.5 ounces honey syrup

Club Soda

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PHOTO COURTESY OF TRIO RESTAURANT

The honey syrup is created mixing half regular honey and half simple syrup made with Demerara sugar.

In a shaker tin, lightly muddle the basil leaves until they are bruised, just enough to release the flavor. Add Effen vodka, apricot liqueur, lemon juice, and honey syrup. Add ice and shake. Pour contents into a double Old Fashioned glass, top off with club soda, and garnish with basil sprig.

Trio Restaurant, 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-864-8746; triopalmsprings.com

Watermelon Martini

By Stefanie Toledo, bartender, Johannes

Cut watermelon into 1-inch by 1-inch cubes

Place 3 watermelon cubes and 5 to 6 large ice cubes or 20 smaller cubes ice into mixer. Muddle it.

2 ounces watermelon vodka

1 ounce watermelon Schnapps

Make sure shaker is cold. Shake well for 3 seconds and pour it up.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHANNES RESTAURANT

Johannes, 196 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-778-0017; johannesrestaurants.com

Palm Springs Peach

By Chris Bluhm, beverage manager,
Lulu California Bistro

1 ounce Herradura reposado tequila

½ ounce peach schnapps

½ ounce margarita mix

½ ounce cranberry juice

Dash peach puree

Lime wedge, for garnish

Stir ingredients with ice; strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF LULU CALIFORNIA BISTRO

Lulu California Bistro, 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-327-5858; lulupalmsprings.com

Absolut Strawberry Mule

By JD Pearce, bartender,
Copley’s on Palm Canyon

1.5 ounces Absolut Vodka

Splash of Lime Juice

Heavy splash of Strawberry Puree

Fill the rest of the mug with ginger beer. Garnish with lime and strawberry.

Copley’s on Palm Canyon, 621 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-327-9555; www.copleyspalmsprings.com

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PHOTO COURTESY OF COPLEY’S ON PALM CANYON

VIDEO: Watch Copley’s bartender JD Pearce create an Absolut Strawberry Mule. (Video by Steven Salisbury).

Warm Nights, Cool Cocktails was last modified: July 11th, 2017 by Karen Graninger