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Drink Local // Ides of March

Bryan Hainer

Photo by Bryan Hainer

"I wanted to create a light, refreshing, herbaceous cocktail with a touch of spice." —Michael LaPenna, Mandarin Bar

Live the life of a high roller at Las Vegas’ Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental with the sinful Ides of March, courtesy of head bartender and supervisor Michael LaPenna.


Sliced honeydew melon
4 basil leaves
2 dashes rhubarb bitters
1.5 oz. Belvedere Citrus vodka
.5 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 tsp. John D. Taylor Velvet Falernum
(infused with ginger, orange zest and cloves for up to two days)
1 tsp. Luxardo cherry liqueur
.5 oz. ginger-infused simple syrup
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
Powdered sugar

In a mixing glass, muddle five pieces of honeydew melon with three basil leaves and rhubarb bitters. Add next six ingredients plus ice. Shake and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a basil leaf dusted with powdered sugar.

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