This my personal creation for the Spring menu at St.Cecilia. Our cocktail menu is designed in the fashion that each cocktail is named after a piece of music. To that end, my cocktail is a play on a Rossini, who was the composer of 'The Barber of Seville'. I wanted to incorporate Benedictine as the spring component, and provide our clientele with a Vodka cocktail. It is light refreshing, and honestly pretty dangerous ;)
1.5 oz Vodka (I chose Purity vodka)
.5 oz Lemon juice (fresh, strained)
.5 oz Benedictine
.5 oz Grenadine (Our homemade, details below)
1 Strawberry (top cut off)
~.75 oz Prosecco
Muddle the strawberry. You don't have to muddle much, you will eventually shake it. Add Vodka, Lemon Juice, Grenadine, and Benedictine. Wet shake, Hard, Long. Strain over fresh ice in an Old-Fashion glass. Top with Prosecco. Stir to combine. Garnish with slapped mint. The appearance of the drink should look like a strawberry, the smell should be fresh and bright from the mint, the taste should be fruity, bubbly, and refreshing.
Our grenadine is a Pomegranate, Raspberries, sugar, cinnamon, and Orange Zest. The cinnamon is not intended to be a major flavor component, merely a warm flavor to combine the pomegranate and raspberries.