Springtime is in the air at Ponte Vineyard Inn. The days are warmer, the flowers are in bloom, and the Cellar Lounge is rolling out six fresh, new cocktails inspired by the season. Here’s a look at what you can expect to find during your next visit:
Cairo is a fresh take on a Vesper Martini (a classic James Bond cocktail made with gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet). Our gin of choice is Nolet’s (created by the producers of Ketel One), which we blend with organic citrus vodka, fresh lemon juice, and a house-made chamomile tea syrup. Chamomile’s culinary background traces its roots to ancient Egypt, where it was used in Cairo. Take a sip back in time and experience it for yourself.
Anjou is a deliciously refreshing combination of fresh muddled lime and basil with Grey Goose pear vodka and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. It takes its name from the village of Anjou in France’s Loire valley, also where d’Anjou pears get their name.
Sorrento, named after a town in southern Italy, is a unique take on a Margarita with an Italian accent. Milagro silver tequila, fresh lemon juice, limoncello (an Italian lemon liqueur), Sicilian Solerno blood orange liqueur, and fresh sprigs of thyme are shaken together and served tall, on the rocks.
In addition to our new seasonal selections, spring also introduces our new collection of “Bubbly” cocktails. These refreshing sippers are served up in champagne flutes and are each topped with a lively splash of sparkling Ponte wine.
Tolosa is based on a chic cocktail from the 1920s called the Aviation. Traditionally, an Aviation was made with gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, and parfait Amour (a liqueur flavored with violet flowers). We’ve changed things up a bit by taking out the maraschino liqueur and adding fresh muddled raspberries to the mix, finishing it all off with a splash of Ponte Rose Spumante. The name? Tolosa is a town in southern France known for its violet fields and violet flavored confections.
Brasilia is a twist on the classic shaken daiquiri. Brazilian Orinoco white rum forms the base, with its clean flavor and subtle hints of vanilla and coconut. Mix in fresh lime juice, a tropical fire orchid floral infusion, and top it off with Ponte Moscato, and you’ve got a trip to the tropics in a glass.
Santiago, named after a town in Chile, is a hibiscus margarita made with Chilean Pisco (a white, grape brandy) instead of tequila. All natural orange liqueur, fresh squeezed lime juice, hibiscus floral infusion, and a splash of Ponte Rose Spumante bring it all together.
See you soon,
–When the weather warms up, which cocktail do you reach for?