Backstage

  • <b>Liz Samples </b><br />
Nacional 27<br />
Chicago<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> La Whiskey Flor<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
This cocktail was inspired by the vintage/retro beauty trend.  Many shows featured cat eyes, glamorous updos, faux bobs and voluminous hair reminiscent of the ‘50s and ‘60s. A cocktail that has stood the test of time and was a big hit during that time period was the Gin Daisy, consisting of liquor, sugar, citrus and carbonated water. This cocktail is feminine, pretty and dangerous... mimicking the retro beauty trend seen today.<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
2 oz. Buffalo Trace Whiskey<br />
.5 oz. house-made orgeat syrup*<br />
.5 oz. lime juice<br />
2-3 hibiscus flowers soaked in agave<br />
1 dash of Angostura orange bitters<br />
<br />
*orgeat syrup includes: blanched whole almonds (chopped coarsely), almond flour, water, sugar, rose flower water, orange blossom water, almond extract<br />
<br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Mix the whiskey, orgeat syrup, limejuice and hibiscus flowers in a shaker with two scoops of crushed ice. Shake vigorously and pour (with crushed ice) into your preferred glassware. Top with soda water and a dash of Angostura orange bitters.
  • <b>Ian Adams </b><br />
15 Romolo<br />
San Francisco<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> Pastels & Plaid<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
This is my scrumptious sipper—inspired by colors and patterns of the undeniable influence of bi-coastal hipsterdom.<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
1.5 oz. Aquavit<br />
.5 oz. Chartreuse<br />
.5 oz. Cardamaro<br />
.5 oz. pink pepper & pear compote<br />
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice<br />
3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters<br />
<br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Shake all ingredients together. Strain over ice.
  • <b>Xochielt Hicks </b><br />
Villains Tavern <br />
Los Angeles<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> The Lolita<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
Honey—honey blond, honey brown, what have you. All girls symbolize beauty and know how to have fun regardless of their hair color. This beauty-inspired cocktail symbolizes youth and playfulness. Therefore, I named it Lolita.<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
.5 oz. hibiscus flower/jasmine tea infused gin (1 liter of Plymouth gin soaked for 12 hours in Hibiscus flower and Jasmine Tea in a cold dark area)<br />
.75 oz. honey<br />
.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice<br />
<br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Add all ingredients together and fill with your favorite champagne or rose.<br />
  • <b>LJ Hollins </b><br />
Gravy<br />
New York City<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> What's My Name?<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
My inspiration was Rihanna's red hairstyle, and the cocktail takes the name of one of her songs.<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
1.75 oz. Clement Rhum Blanc<br />
1 oz. hibiscus tea (unsweetened, brewed to point of sanguine texture)<br />
.75 oz. passion fruit puree<br />
1 oz. Sirop de rhum<br />
3 dashes Angostura Bitters<br />
Barritts Ginger Beer<br />
<br />
<b>Instructions:</b> <br />
Combine all of the ingredients, except for the ginger beer, in a large, ice-filled cocktail shaker. Pour contents into ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with slice of passion fruit or rolled twist of lime.
  • <b>Edgar Tamayo </b><br />
Azucar<br />
San Francisco<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> The Mullet<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
When using moonshine, I immediately thought of the country bumpkins who were the first to produce the spirit in the South. I envisioned someone wearing denim overalls, sporting a mullet…and our 'Mullet' was born!<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
1.5 oz. Georgia Moon 'Moonshine'<br />
.25 oz. Strega Liqueur<br />
.25 oz. Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth<br />
3 dashes Peppercorn Tincture (house-made)<br />
<br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Add all ingredients into a shaker and add ice. Stir with a cocktail spoon for approximately 20 seconds. Strain with a cocktail strainer and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.<br />
<br />
  • <b>Monica Olive </b><br />
Thirsty Crow<br />
Los Angeles<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> Rougeur Joues (“flushed cheeks”)<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
I created this cocktail with the fashion of France in the 1920s in mind. I kept thinking of flappers with their rosy cheeks, gorgeous dresses and finger-waved bobs. This seemed like the perfect cocktail to complement that scene.<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin<br />
.75 oz. St-Germain<br />
.75 oz. dry vermouth<br />
2 dashes grapefruit bitters<br />
<br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Stir all ingredients together and serve up in a coupe glass with a strawberry garnish.<br />
  • <b>Sergio Calderon </b><br />
Guaycura Hotel<br />
Todos Santos, Mexico<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> Baja Blush<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
I created a multicolor drink to resemble hair that is highlighted, so that the bottom is a darker richer color and the top fades to a much lighter color. Color is a big part of life in Todos Santos, as is local produce, so I was inspired to make this drink with bright colors and fresh local fruit.<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
2 oz. dark rum<br />
6 oz. orange juice<br />
Fresh mangos<br />
Fresh strawberries<br />
1 tbsp. liquid sugar<br />
 <br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Mix ingredients together and pour into a martini class. Or, blend together and serve frozen.
  • Baja Blush<br />
Guayacara Hotel
  • <b>Chael Clark </b><br />
Josie Woods<br />
New York City<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail: </b>Don’t You Remember Martini<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
No one has a higher approval or is trending more right now than Adele, and she is a great example of a trend that focuses more on inner beauty. This drink is inspired by her—born from a London-distilled gin, this drink is a little sweet, a little bitter, but will definitely leave you feeling an inner warmth.<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
2 oz. Beefeater’s London dry gin<br />
.75 oz. Dry Vermouth<br />
.5 oz. Triple Sec<br />
Dash of simple syrup<br />
Dash of bitters<br />
 <br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Stir all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • <b>Kismet Dursun </b><br />
Roof on theWit<br />
Chicago<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> Second Chance<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
This cocktail is a sweet mash of fresh, seasonal ingredients with the complement of a wonderful spirit that most drinkers haven't had the pleasure of trying yet. I like to take what's hot or what's in season and play with it to make it my own. This cocktail should encourage vodka drinkers—and fashionistas—everywhere to try something new…gin! <br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin<br />
.5 oz. Domaine de Canton<br />
.5 oz. lime<br />
.25 oz. Agave <br />
8 oz. club soda<br />
Muddled strawberry, cucumber, and basil leaf<br />
<br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Shake and strain over new ice. Fill with soda. Garnish with cucumber.<br />
  • <b>Houston Eaves </b><br />
Contigo<br />
Austin<br />
<br />
<b>Cocktail:</b> The Shirley Templeton<br />
<br />
<b>Inspiration:</b> <br />
Growing up it was always fun to sit at the bar and have a Shirley Temple. As a grown up there is no reason it shouldn't be more fun to sit at the bar and have a Shirley Templeton.<br />
<br />
<b>Ingredients:</b><br />
1.5 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey<br />
.5 oz. grenadine<br />
1 oz. soda<br />
<br />
<b>Instructions:</b><br />
Combine all ingredients and shake them together. Garnish with orange peel twirls from five oranges.<br />
<br />
1
11
Mar 12, 2012

A Toast to Style

The looks that strut down the runway determine the clothes we make room for in our closets, the lipsticks of the moment and the latest must-try hairstyle. Let’s not stop there. We talked to bartenders across North America and challenged them to come up with a fashion- or beauty-inspired cocktail. Belly up to the bar and taste a fresh new way to interpret trends. – Moira Lawler


Liz Samples
Nacional 27
Chicago

Cocktail: La Whiskey Flor

Inspiration:
This cocktail was inspired by the vintage/retro beauty trend. Many shows featured cat eyes, glamorous updos, faux bobs and voluminous hair reminiscent of the ‘50s and ‘60s. A cocktail that has stood the test of time and was a big hit during that time period was the Gin Daisy, consisting of liquor, sugar, citrus and carbonated water. This cocktail is feminine, pretty and dangerous... mimicking the retro beauty trend seen today.

Ingredients:
2 oz. Buffalo Trace Whiskey
.5 oz. house-made orgeat syrup*
.5 oz. lime juice
2-3 hibiscus flowers soaked in agave
1 dash of Angostura orange bitters

*orgeat syrup includes: blanched whole almonds (chopped coarsely), almond flour, water, sugar, rose flower water, orange blossom water, almond extract

Instructions:
Mix the whiskey, orgeat syrup, limejuice and hibiscus flowers in a shaker with two scoops of crushed ice. Shake vigorously and pour (with crushed ice) into your preferred glassware. Top with soda water and a dash of Angostura orange bitters.




Ian Adams
15 Romolo
San Francisco

Cocktail: Pastels & Plaid

Inspiration:
This is my scrumptious sipper—inspired by colors and patterns of the undeniable influence of bi-coastal hipsterdom.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Aquavit
.5 oz. Chartreuse
.5 oz. Cardamaro
.5 oz. pink pepper & pear compote
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters

Instructions:
Shake all ingredients together. Strain over ice.





Xochielt Hicks
Villains Tavern
Los Angeles

Cocktail: The Lolita

Inspiration:
Honey—honey blond, honey brown, what have you. All girls symbolize beauty and know how to have fun regardless of their hair color. This beauty-inspired cocktail symbolizes youth and playfulness. Therefore, I named it Lolita.

Ingredients:
.5 oz. hibiscus flower/jasmine tea infused gin (1 liter of Plymouth gin soaked for 12 hours in Hibiscus flower and Jasmine Tea in a cold dark area)
.75 oz. honey
.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions:
Add all ingredients together and fill with your favorite champagne or rose.





LJ Hollins
Gravy
New York City

Cocktail: What's My Name?

Inspiration:
My inspiration was Rihanna's red hairstyle, and the cocktail takes the name of one of her songs.

Ingredients:
1.75 oz. Clement Rhum Blanc
1 oz. hibiscus tea (unsweetened, brewed to point of sanguine texture)
.75 oz. passion fruit puree
1 oz. Sirop de rhum
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Barritts Ginger Beer

Instructions:
Combine all of the ingredients, except for the ginger beer, in a large, ice-filled cocktail shaker. Pour contents into ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with slice of passion fruit or rolled twist of lime.




Edgar Tamayo
Azucar
San Francisco

Cocktail: The Mullet

Inspiration:
When using moonshine, I immediately thought of the country bumpkins who were the first to produce the spirit in the South. I envisioned someone wearing denim overalls, sporting a mullet…and our "Mullet" was born!

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Georgia Moon "Moonshine"
.25 oz. Strega Liqueur
.25 oz. Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth
3 dashes Peppercorn Tincture (house-made)

Instructions:
Add all ingredients into a shaker and add ice. Stir with a cocktail spoon for approximately 20 seconds. Strain with a cocktail strainer and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.






Monica Olive
Thirsty Crow
Los Angeles

Cocktail: Rougeur Joues (“flushed cheeks”)

Inspiration:
I created this cocktail with the fashion of France in the 1920s in mind. I kept thinking of flappers with their rosy cheeks, gorgeous dresses and finger-waved bobs. This seemed like the perfect cocktail to complement that scene.

Ingredients:
2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
.75 oz. St-Germain
.75 oz. dry vermouth
2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Instructions:
Stir all ingredients together and serve up in a coupe glass with a strawberry garnish.





Sergio Calderon
Guaycura Hotel
Todos Santos, Mexico

Cocktail: Baja Blush

Inspiration:
I created a multicolor drink to resemble hair that is highlighted, so that the bottom is a darker richer color and the top fades to a much lighter color. Color is a big part of life in Todos Santos, as is local produce, so I was inspired to make this drink with bright colors and fresh local fruit.

Ingredients:
2 oz. dark rum
6 oz. orange juice
Fresh mangos
Fresh strawberries
1 tbsp. liquid sugar

Instructions:
Mix ingredients together and pour into a martini class. Or, blend together and serve frozen.





Chael Clark
Josie Woods
New York City

Cocktail: Don’t You Remember Martini

Inspiration:
No one has a higher approval or is trending more right now than Adele, and she is a great example of a trend that focuses more on inner beauty. This drink is inspired by her—born from a London-distilled gin, this drink is a little sweet, a little bitter, but will definitely leave you feeling an inner warmth.

Ingredients:
2 oz. Beefeater’s London dry gin
.75 oz. Dry Vermouth
.5 oz. Triple Sec
Dash of simple syrup
Dash of bitters

Instructions:
Stir all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.





Kismet Dursun
Roof on theWit
Chicago

Cocktail: Second Chance

Inspiration:
This cocktail is a sweet mash of fresh, seasonal ingredients with the complement of a wonderful spirit that most drinkers haven't had the pleasure of trying yet. I like to take what's hot or what's in season and play with it to make it my own. This cocktail should encourage vodka drinkers—and fashionistas—everywhere to try something new…gin!

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
.5 oz. Domaine de Canton
.5 oz. lime
.25 oz. Agave
8 oz. club soda
Muddled strawberry, cucumber, and basil leaf

Instructions:
Shake and strain over new ice. Fill with soda. Garnish with cucumber.





Houston Eaves
Contigo
Austin

Cocktail: The Shirley Templeton

Inspiration:
Growing up it was always fun to sit at the bar and have a Shirley Temple. As a grown up there is no reason it shouldn't be more fun to sit at the bar and have a Shirley Templeton.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey
.5 oz. grenadine
1 oz. soda

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and shake them together. Garnish with orange peel twirls from five oranges.

Go Back

Newsletter

First to Know

Join Oribe.com and get the latest news, offers and style tips delivered to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.