Teamaker’s Punch

500 ml green tea, preferably Dilmah
100 g palm sugar
7 oz lemon juice
6 oz gin, preferably Damrak
3 oz coconut arrack, preferably White Lion

Brew the tea and then pour it hot into a punch bowl with the palm sugar. Using a muddler, crush the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients, grate nutmeg and cinnamon atop the punch, and slip in an ice block or ladle into ice-filled punch glasses.


Cleared for Departure

2 oz gin
1/2 oz clarified lime juice
1/3 oz maraschino liqueur
1/3 oz crème de violette
lemon twist, for garnish

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

This twist on the classic Aviation is one of the two best-selling cocktails that have earned a permanent spot on the Metrovino menu (the other being the Shift Drink). The use of clarified lime juice and stirring instead of shaking allows the striking color of the creme de violette to shine through. I recommend a floral or citrus-forward gin in this. The brands we use are Damrak gin, Luxardo maraschino, and Rothman and Winter crème de violette, but feel free to make substitutions.

If desired, the clarified lime juice and maraschino liqueur can be combined in the proper proportions, bottled, and kept chilled, adjusting the cocktail recipe accordingly. This will help preserve the life of the lime juice if not using it immediately.

[Photo by John Valls.]