Is there a better way to cool off and wind down in the summer than over a delicious cocktail while sitting on the patio? We think not. Hence, we’ve got a lineup of new cocktails for the warmer months, carefully crafted in a collaboration between our staff members for you to indulge in. With a combination of sweetness, spice, and sour notes, each complex cocktail embodies its own story and you are sure to find something to enjoy.
The word Malécon refers to a Mexican seaside avenue which usually tends to be a nightlife hub. “I lived in Mazatlán for a few months and would hang out at the Malécon on my days off, eating mangoes sprinkled with chili powder,” says one of our talented bartenders, Mike. “I wanted to create a drink that incorporated the elements of life on the Malécon.” Through experimentation, Mike created a recipe using Bourbon, Green Chartreuse, house-made Mango Syrup, Lemon Juice, Habanero Bitters, and a dash of Chili Powder. The sweet and spicy undertones in this cocktail are indicative of its Mexican influence and are what bring it to life.
The 500 Days of Sour
This tart and delectable cocktail screams summer patio sessions. The combination of bitter Aperol, refreshing Grapefruit Juice, sweet St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and a little kick of Skyy Vodka ties this drink together in an assertive and aromatic manner. It is then topped with a light and decadent meringue foam whipped out of Lemon Juice, Sugar, and Egg White. “This cocktail was a collaboration between myself and one of our hostesses Hanna,” says Mike. “She came to me with an idea and we worked together to create a cocktail that worked with our menu.” The name of the drink is a reference to a popular summertime movie, 500 Days Of Summer – this cocktail’s romantic and eccentric tastes are a tribute to the film’s love story.
The Juan Inch Punch
This tiki-inspired cocktail was dreamed up by another one of Cilantro’s bartenders, Taylor, and is created with a fragrant and enticing combination of ingredients to enjoy in the sun. “By using Orange Blossom Water and Cherry Bitters, this cocktail has a very sweet, intense, and Hawaiian-like aroma,” says Mike. “But then you take a sip, and the flavours and aromas fade into a dry, smooth, and booze-forward cocktail – it’s really quite interesting, the difference in smell and taste!”
When asked for the inspiration behind the name Juan Inch Punch, bartender Taylor has a few justifications. “The cocktail uses Juan Santos Rum and tastes sort of like a Hawaiian punch,” she says. “It also reminds me of Bruce Lee’s one inch punch, because the potent and boozy flavours give this drink a huge impact at close range!”