Signature Drink: What Angels Drink

Named after a line by Mark Twain, who said of watermelon in the summer “I imagine it’s what angels eat,” this clever mixture of watermelon and kaffir lime ice cubes, cointreau, orange bitters and sparkling wine will make guests swoon.  

INGREDIENTS:
—3 watermelon ice cubes*
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—3 dashes of orange bitters
—2.5 oz. Moscato d’Asti 
—2.5 oz. sparkling wine
—.75 oz. lime juice

*DIRECTIONS FOR WATERMELON ICE CUBES:
—fill a blender full of sliced watermelon
—add 3 ounces fresh lime juice, 6 kaffir lime leaves per quart of juice and 1 ounce of simple syrup
—blend well and let rest for an hour 
—strain the mix thoroughly to remove pulp
—pour the remaining mixture into the ice cube containers and let freeze For a pitcher of What Angels Drink, multiply the recipe by five.

Courtesy of SEAN BECK OF BACKSTREET CAFE, a Houston dining tradition under the direction of award-winning executive chef Hugo Ortega. 

This perfect springtime drink will chase away any remnants of the winter blahs and get you in the right state of mind for warmer days ahead.

INGREDIENTS:
» 2 oz. Tito’s Vodka
» .75 oz. fresh lemon juice
» .75 oz. Osmanthus syrup
» club soda
» cucumber slice

DIRECTIONS:
» Build cocktail in mixing glass.
» Pour into a Collins glass and top with club soda.
» Garnish with cucumber slice or slices and serve.