Cocktail season is here and bartenders throughout St. Louis have sweetened their menus with flavors of the summer. Gut Check has the perfect cocktail list to pair with sun-filled days and steamy nights.
Alper's Former Life Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) Alper's Former Life is inspired by Four Seasons Hotel general manager Alper Oztok and his "former life" at the Four Seasons' Punta Mita, Mexico, location. Herradura tequila is combined with Ramazzotti Amaro (a nod to Cielo's Italian roots) and a little honey, sriracha and grapefruit and lime juices to reflect Alper's sweet and spicy spirit.
Strawberry Smash Tree House (3177 South Grand Boulevard; 314-696-2100) For the Strawberry Smash, fresh strawberries are muddled with white balsamic vinegar, strawberry and peppercorn syrup, and then they're combined with tequila reposado and blended Scotch whiskey and topped with sparkling water.
Olio's Singapore Sling Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) This legendary Singapore Sling originated at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore around 1915, allegedly created by a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon. Olio's adaptation includes Benedictine liquor, Cherry Heering, gin and lemon juice which is shaken, strained onto rocks and topped with club soda.
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