Strawberry Fields & Strawberry Cordial

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Martini

The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village named this martini Strawberry Fields in honor of the hundreds of acres of strawberries planted in Ventura County and Malibu.

2 oz. Stolichnaya Elit vodka
2 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
½ oz. house-made strawberry cordial
½ oz. Morris Kitchen rhubarb syrup
½ oz. Shrub & Co. grapefruit shrub
4 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
Juice of ¼ blood orange

Place all ingredients in a pint glass, top with ice, shake and strain, using a julep strainer, into a coupe or martini glass.

House-Made Strawberry Cordial

1 lb. ripe strawberries, hulled and diced
¼ cup organic coconut palm sugar
¼ cup water
¼ tsp. vanilla bean paste
Grated zest of ½ lemon

Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring every 4 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and strain to remove particles from liquid. Refrigerate until needed, up to five days.

Bee’s Knees & Honey syrup

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The classic Bee’s Knees cocktail dates back to Prohibition days. This version, from Twenty88 Restaurant & Martini Lounge in Camarillo, uses all fresh, local ingredients.

2 oz. Ventura Spirits Wilder gin
¾ oz. honey syrup
¾ oz. Meyer lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake well and pour over ice. Serve in a salt-rimmed martini glass.

Honey syrup

½ cup honey
½ cup purified water

In a small saucepan, heat honey. Add water and bring mixture to a boil. Simmer until honey is dissolved. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Key Lime Pie Martini

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Mastro’s Steakhouse in Thousand Oaks shared a dessert martini that blends fresh lime with the creaminess of whipped cream for a sweetly sophisticated result. Credit to Robbi Jo Oliver, Mastro’s director of wine & spirits/training.

2 oz. American Star Caviar Lime vodka
2½ oz. Licor 43
Splash sweet and sour
Splash pineapple juice
Splash whipped cream
2 Tbsp. graham cracker crumbs
1 lime wedge

Fill shaker with ice. Add first 5 ingredients. Shake vigorously and pour into a martini glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Squeeze lime wedge and drop into drink.

Summer in Sicily

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Summer in Sicily

Padri Restaurant & Martini Bar in Agoura Hills created this martini, inspired by the warm Italian sun. Credit to bartenders Koto Silikula and Roberto Merida.

2½ oz. Bombay Sapphire gin
1½ oz. fresh in-house
pineapple syrup*
4 fresh sage leaves
2 lime wedges
½ sliced pineapple wheel

In a shaker, muddle 3 sage leaves and pineapple together. Squeeze in lime juice. Add ice to the shaker. Pour in gin and pineapple syrup.
Give it a great shake and strain into a martini glass, straight up or on the rocks.
Garnish with a slice of pineapple and remaining leaf of sage.
* Can substitute Chipotle Pineapple Premium Gourmet Syrup from Le Sirop de Monin.

Vieux Carre

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Vieux Carre MartiniThe Grill on the Alley in Westlake Village offers a sophisticated, spirits-driven, martini-style cocktail served in an old-fashioned glass to keep the effervescence of the cocktail concentrated in the glass. The drink is named after the French Quarter in New Orleans.

1 oz. rye bourbon
1 oz. Hennessy VS cognac
¼ oz. Benedictine liqueur
¼ oz. Carpano Antica
Formula vermouth
Spritz of absinthe

Combine ingredients. Stir and serve in a frosted glass with lemon rind.