Available at Granville Room. I basically grew up as a bartender at Granville Room so it will always hold a special place for me. Good Vibes Only is a drink that came along mid-2020. It started as a Collins-style drink and found its way into the frozen drink machine and is currently being poured in slush format.
• 2 oz gin (preferably Beefeater London Dry, which has lots of citrus and juniper)
• 0.5 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
• 0.5 oz crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur)
• 0.5 oz lemon juice
Fill a Collins glass with ice. Place gin, liqueurs and lemon juice in a shaker with ice, shake, then strain into the prepared glass. Top with soda. Garnish, if you like, with a mint sprig and blackberries. Serves 1.
The recipe above is for a single cocktail, but this is another one that works great with everything except the soda batched all together ahead of time to speed up service. (Think ahead to the next time you’re able to have people around your place.)
Crème de cassis isn’t found much on menus these days, but sure is a crowd pleaser. Grab a bottle or two of cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and you can quickly make a Kir Royale (cava + splash of cassis).
—by Trevor Kallies
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