Signature Drink: Gintly Down the Stream

INGREDIENTS
— 2 oz. Queen’s Courage Old Tom Gin
— 3 dashes Aromatic Bitters (Hella Bitters is a good substitute however, use only two dashes)
— .25 oz. tonic syrup (Use Tomr’s or honey as a substitute)
— Orange Twist for Garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. In a mixing glass or tin combine the gin, bitters and tonic syrup.
2. Add ice and stir until well chilled.
3. Pour into a well-chilled glass or over large ice cubes/whiskey stones if you have them.
4. Garnish with the peel of an orange.

Restaurant Serenade shares contemporary American fare in a chic setting. Called the “CEO Capital of New Jersey Dining” by Zagat, this restaurant features a private room, the Loft, which accommodates parties and private dining for up to 30 people. The entire restaurant is available for parties of 50 or more. “We have finally switched to almost all house-made ingredients,” says John Jansma, general manager/sommerlier at Restaurant Serenade. “Here we are using our house-made aromatic bitters (Cinchona, Coriander, Black Pepper, Orange Zest, Juniper, Cinnamon) and our house-made tonic syrup (Cinchona, Citric Acid, Lemon, Lime and Orange Zest, Black Pepper, Juniper, Ginger) with an Old Tom (and old style of sweetened gin). This drink is somewhere between and Old Fashioned and a Gin and Tonic served over hand-carved ice (that’s right, I carve the ice by hand a couple times a week).” 

Courtesy of Restaurant Serenade in Chatham

INGREDIENTS
—2 ½ ounces Dubonnet Red
—1 ounce Elijah Craig bourbon
—1 ½ ounce triple sec
—1 dash Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS
Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange zest.

Courtesy of Butcher & Banker

 

Tucked inside the first floor lobby of Le Méridien Philadelphia, aMuse has a sleek and sexy style (think a handsome bar, fireplace, chandeliers and black leather seating). Executive chef Jennifer Salhoff creates classic French dishes with a contemporary twist. It may be an intimate space but its cocktail list makes a big impression, especially when presented in smokescented glasses and luxe flasks. Signature cocktails look to a number of leading ladies, including Philadelphia’s own princess, Grace Kelly.

 

INGREDIENTS: 
» 2 oz. Greenhook Ginsmith
» .5 oz. Carpano Bianco Vermouth
» .5 oz. Carpano Antica Vermouth
» 29 ml orange juice
» 1 ml Peychaud’s bitters
» 2 dashes lavender bitters 

Glass: Coupe glass
Garnish: orange wedge and Luxardo cherries

DIRECTIONS:
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain. Garnish and enjoy