Cheers June 2015

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Page 37 of 51 38 • June 2015 THE JUICE POUCH GROWS UP Poking a straw into a laminated foil pouch is a staple for the thirsty preschool and school-aged set. At Trummer's on Main, a 210-seat restaurant in Clifton, VA, owner/ beverage director Stefan Trummer originally created drink pouches, such as one with pomegranate, orange and lime juices and elderfl ower, as part of his new Kids' Tasting Menu. But because they provide a striking presentation and conversation piece—and are just plain fun—he started offering them mixed with spirits and liqueurs. Priced from $12 to $16, these super sippers change with the seasonal menus. Trummer's fi rst version mixes tequila with vanilla- infused Cognac, passion fruit and fresh lime juice. He also plans to offer a julep with fresh peaches and bourbon, a "Cherry Coke" with fresh cherries and an elixir blend of three liqueurs soaked with cherries, and a third that mixes rhubarb with Tanqueray Rangpur gin, vanilla and club soda. And he's considering selling them to guests to take to-go, sans alcohol, ready to be mixed and enjoyed wherever and whenever. They can even be frozen and enjoyed as a slushie. "It is a fun way to drink a beverage and brings back childhood memories," Trummer says. "Everyone has had a drink pouch as a kid, but now we can offer kids a healthier version—and a more fun one for grownups." —KAM Shake It Up a different boozy shake priced at $9. Options change monthly, but each includes vanilla ice cream and either Henry McKenna bourbon or Four Roses bourbon. The Vanilla/Rainier Cherry Shake adds Washington cherries, the Strawberry Shake uses local strawberries, and the Horchata Shake includes a horchata mix sourced from Rosebud's sister property, the Painted Burro. Rosebud sells 30 to 50 spiked shakes every Monday. "Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously when crafting and building our cocktails, so on Mondays we roll up our sleeves and have a little fun making adult milkshakes," says Alec Riveros, director of operations for Rosebud's parent company, the Alpine Restaurant Group. The Shakes promotion also pays tribute to what was surely a popular item during the 70 years that the restaurant was a diner. The 249-room Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel in New York recently became the fi rst hotel partner of Panther Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster, retailer and wholesaler from Miami's Wynwood Arts District. The partnership includes an exclusive menu of coffee cocktails including the Affogato ($15). Indulgent enough to be a dessert, the Affogato blends Bailey's Irish Cream with ice cream and Panther's signature espresso blend to provide a sweet and frozen caffeinated cocktail, says Eric Lee, general manager of Gansevoort Park Rooftop. Grill Marks, a creative burger restaurant in Greenville, SC, offers a few "Shaketails," including the Russian. Priced at $9, the Shaketail mixes vanilla-bean vodka and Kahlua spun with ice cream. The operator added beer shakes and spiked fl oats in 2013, also priced at $9. These include the Perky Kilt beer shake, a combination of oatmeal porter, bourbon, espresso and macadamia nut liqueur spun into house-made ice cream, and the The Affogato at The Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel in New York blends Bailey's Irish Cream with ice cream and Panther Coffee's signature espresso.

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