Good Taste : Care for a drink? Part two
In honor of President Obama's visit to the Island, Sharky's has added an Obamarita to their extensive margarita menu ($8). Already a top-seller, the drink is made with his rumored favorite fruit, mandarin oranges, pureed with 100 percent real lemon and lime sour mix, triple sec, Sauza tequila, and a splash of pineapple juice to represent Hawaii, his birthplace.
At Deon's on Circuit Avenue, the Passion Fruit Lemonade is often on the special board. It's made with citron, Stoli O vodka, Cointreau, passion fruit liquor, and homemade lemonade ($12). Another crowd favorite is the Cilantro (or basil) Stinger made with Hendricks gin, citron vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, cilantro or basil, and hot pepper ($12).
At State Road, bring your own booze to mix with several State Road Mixers, including the delicious Espresso Martini: one shot of espresso and equal parts gourmet hazelnut syrup and vanilla syrup; and the Shiso Mint Cool, made with shiso mint that grows in the restaurant's garden, pineapple, fresh lime, and soda. It goes well with any clear liquor: vodka, gin, light rum, and even champagne. All mixers are $8; $4 if made without alcohol.
Chilmark Tavern is also BYOB with a great mixer menu. If you like bourbon, try the Bitter Islander: fresh bing cherries mixed with bitters and sugar. Or if you bring cava, gin, or vodka, try The Bee's Knees: elderflower, raw honey, and lemon. All mixers are $5.
Sweet Life Café has a cocktail menu that features refreshing drinks, some infused with Tea Forte tea bags that add flavor. The Melted Popsicle is Cognac, Amaretto, fresh lime juice, and a splash of cherry juice. The Lavender Limeade is Grey Goose vodka, limeade, club soda, and a lavender citrus infuser. The several dessert cocktails include The Wampum (Bailey's, Godiva chocolate liquor, and Chambord). All cocktails are $14.
Alchemy has become somewhat famous for their Mojito ($10), but other choices are the Koi Pond: Grey Goose Citron, Cointreau, lime juice, and cayenne pepper ($12); and the Raspberry-Lime Rickey: Beija cachaca, St-Germaine, sparkling wine, Mathilde Framboise, and lemon juice ($11).
At Atria, there's the Atria Sangria, made with Barossa Valley Shiraz, Myers rum, tropical fruit, and mint ($8). For the brandy-lover, there's the Peach Cobbler, made with VSOP brandy, Marie Brizard peach, and white peach puree. The CCC is for vodka-lovers: 44 North Huckleberry vodka, 44 North Rainier cherry vodka, and lemoncello. All cocktails are $13.
The Lampost's three floors of bars are super busy serving the dancing crowd. A good choice is Firefly's Sweet Tea vodka with water and a splash of sour mix ($8).