BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
THE BEST ZEST Squeeze the day with cocktails showcasing citrus
One of Arizona’s famous five C’s is citrus, and several local restaurants are taking it to heart, using both the more common members of that fruit family as well as some lesser-known, mouth-puckering produce to create tart, tangy treats for happy hour and beyond.
Admired From Afar Maple & Ash Lemon and orange blossom-infused water make this drink stand out. Ketel One Vodka, oolong honey, Giffard Pamplemousse and butterfly pea flower tea are all also in the color-changing cocktail, which is as visually appealing as it is light, slightly sweet and thoroughly refreshing. $18. www. mapleandash.com. Dr. Emoto Nook Kitchen A handcrafted cocktail showcasing yuzu, this tangy and botanical beauty pairs the popular Asian citrus fruit with herbal Roku Gin, Meyer lemon vodka, rose cordial and bittersweet liqueur Amaro Nonino. Finally, it’s topped with a squeeze of lemon and Tiki Bitters. $12. www.nookkitchen.com. Glad Eye Blue Clover Distillery This sipper brings the heat thanks to Blue Clover’s housemade vodka, which is infused with spicy peppers. The distillery’s lemon-infused vodka is also included, as well as fresh lemon juice, agave, pineapple and bitters. Bright, with a bite and a hint of the tropics, it is a perfect patio pour. $9. www. bluecloverdistillery.com.
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So Scottsdale! March ‘21
At Dusk Hearth ‘61 Part of the restaurant’s specialty Sundowner Cocktail Menu, available Thursday through Saturday from one hour before sun sets to one hour after, this drink features the classic combination of mezcal and citrus – Monte Alban with fresh lime and grapefruit juices to be specific – with the addition of a dash of orange juice and a cassis float. The unique hints of orange and blackcurrant complement the
cocktail’s sour, smoky base. $12. www.mountainshadows.com. Arizona Sunset The Craftsman Cocktails + Kitchen Inspired by the sunset views from The Craftman’s ample patio, this cocktail features Cruz Reposado Tequila, fresh orange and lime juices, orange liqueur, and sweet ginger syrup. The final product is garnished with Tajín for a kick and dehydrated orange for added aromatics. $12. thecraftsmanaz.com. Sceccu The Sicilian Butcher This cocktail showcases Italian blood orange liqueur’s versatility and distinct flavor profile. It is mixed with Figenza Vodka, a housemade strawberry-basil reduction, fresh lime juice and ginger beer, resulting in a citrusy spin on a Moscow mule. $11. www.thesicilianbutcher.com. Yuzu Crazy Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill This modern take on the Eastern Sour, a classic Tiki drink, starts with yuzu puree and fresh lemon juice. Kikori Japanese Whiskey, Trader Vic’s Macadamia Nut Liqueur and orgeat syrup are then added to the mix, marrying the citrus with a bit of nutty sweetness. $11. www.lingandlouies.com. Desert Dove The VIG An homage to the great state of Arizona, which is home to four species of dove for much of the year, the Desert Dove it is made using Herradura Silver Tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup and Q Mixers grapefruit soda. With salt around the rim and a lime for garnish, it tastes like an updated paloma. $11. www.thevig.us.