The Spice of…
I recently attended an invite-only tasting for Pranna’s (79 Madison Ave, Manhattan) new Summer cocktail menu. Inspired by the Southeast Asian-influenced menu at the restaurant, cocktail consultant, Raphael Reyes created a lineup that infuses fresh ingredients and flavors from far-off places. There’s a little something for everyone, from cocktail connoisseurs to casual imbibers.
Those who are into sweet drinks will enjoy:
Full bodied, but refreshing, this concoction’s fruity and floral flavors pretty much mask the taste of the alcohol. You definitely know it’s in there, though. The finish has almost a twinge of a licorice taste. All in all, it’s tasty and plays well with spicy dishes.
If you’re more of the crisp drink type, I suggest:
Silver Obha- Shiso, yuzu juice, fresh lemon juice, fresh pineapple juice, agave nectar, Partida Tequila
The first word that comes to mind with this one is refreshing. It’s flavor is citrusy, summery and perfect for a hot afternoon… oh and it’s got quite a kick.
Prefer to taste the liquor in your cocktail? Try:
Don’t let the fact that it contains carrot juice scare you away. This cocktail is really delicious and slightly spicy. Still, it’s pretty light, so it’ll leave enough room for their falafel balls (YUM).
When you’re in the mood to sip something really spicy, order:
The most “manly” of the drinks I sampled, it’s strong, pronounced flavor is also quite pleasant. Ladies, if you want to impress the guys at the bar with your sipping savvy… order this one.
The best advice I can give you is to go and look at the entire menu (see it online here). You may see something appetizing that I didn’t mention here… if you do, please come back and recommend it to your fellow readers. I only listed 4 of 13, AND they have virgin drinks, too.
*NOTE: Irish Kampai photo by Abigail Ekue