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Cocktail (R)evolutions

Innovative cocktail ingredients are nothing new. But these three spirits have mostly flown solo—until now.


Daddy, Give Us a Kiss
Sean “Diddy” Combs bought a piece of DeLeón Tequila five years ago. This winter, the makers took the popular sipper up a notch with the addition of an añejo expression. They threw a party, of course, attended by royalty—Beyoncé and LeBron James, we mean—as well as Janelle Monáe, Paris Hilton and Snoop Dogg. Begin your fall from grace with the Garden of DeLeón: 1½ ounces DeLeón Añejo, 1⁄2 ounce Ancho Reyes Verde, 1 ounce lime juice, ½ ounce agave nectar and 10 cilantro sprigs, vigorously shaken and then served on a rock, with a splash of sparkling wine.

Brandy, You're a Fine Pour
You likely know Cîroc as a maker of premium vodkas, with special expertise in flavored varieties. This winter, the brand introduced Cîroc VS, an intriguing entry into the fine French brandy space. Master distiller Jean-Sébastien Robicquet uses traditional alembic copper pot stills and French oak aging for a portion of the blend, then interpolates aged brandies, making for a terrific cocktail spirit. Go back to an overlooked classic with an elegant sidecar: 1½ ounces Cîroc VS, ½ ounce lemon juice and 1 ounce triple sec, lightly shaken and served in a sugar-rimmed coupe.

Grandpa, This is Not Your Nightcap
Late last year, Italian liqueur maker Disaronno partnered with Italian fashion house Trussardi— best known for leather goods— on a limited-edition bottle, a zippy fuchsia, green and blue confection that stands out on shelves. To celebrate, the pair concocted the simple yet flavorful Sparkler—sort of a Champagne cocktail in shorthand. In a fluted glass, mix one part Disaronno and three parts prosecco; garnish with a berry of your choosing.


Originally published in the April issue of San Francisco 

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