Grammy Inspired Cocktails from Evan Charest in LA

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With the Grammy’s taking the industry by storm, we caught up with the mixologist Evan Charest of Patina Restaurant Group, the official caterer of the 58th Grammy Awards, to find out what the stars were drinking during showtime, including recipes so you can do it at home.

Grammy Inspired Cocktails

You can also get these cocktails if you are in Los Angeles, by stopping by one of  you can just stop by one of the Patina Restaurants which include Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot, Kendall’s Brassiere & Bar. These cocktails will be available through February 15th.

She’ll Be the Death of Me

Ingredients: Vodka, Ancho Reyes Chile Liquor, Honey, Lemon, Mint
Inspired by “Can’t Feel My Face” by TheWeeknd

From Evan: “I wanted something with some heat that could hit you on your front palate, but dissipate via a well-crafted balanced cocktail. To achieve this, I used Ancho Reyes Chile Liquor along with some simple and lemon to balance out the drink, and some mint to cool your palate and to achieve a clean finish. It certainly matches the song very well, if you catch my drift.”

  • 2oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Ancho Reyes chile liquor
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 6-8 mint leaves

Muddle the mint, add all ingredients, and shake & double strain over a chilled coupe.

Drunk on Jealousy

Ingredients: Rye, Blackberries, Lemon, Honey
Inspired by “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

A twist on a Whiskey Smash with lemon and blackberries. “I wanted a drink with a lot of depth, both in body (via the balance of Rye Whiskey, lemon, and honey) and color (via the blackberries that gives a great dark hue) to match the themes of the song.”

  • 2oz rye
  • 0.75oz honey
  • 0.75 lemon
  • 2-3 blackberries

Muddle blackberries. Add all other ingredients and shake & strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a blackberry.

All The Love

Ingredients: Mezcal, Aperol, Lime, Bitters
Inspired by “Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

The drink is a variation of the whiskey-based “The Paper Plane” (which itself is a variation on the classic The Last Word). Inspiration came from the opening of the song, which is in Spanish. “I immediately wanted an agave-based drink and to both honor the drink it is based on as well as the quality of the record, I decided to use the smoky agave spirit, Mezcal.”

  • 2oz mezcal
  • ½ oz aperol
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 dash angostura
  • ½ oz simple

Combine all ingredients, shake and double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Say It Loud

Ingredients: Rum, Lemon, Simple, Strawberry, Basil, Sparkling Wine
Inspired by “Think Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

This is variation on a Rum Smash with basil, strawberry, and a little simple syrup added for balance. “I wanted to create a cocktail that had a nice red color (after all it is a love song).”

  • 1.5oz white rum
  • 0.5 simple
  • 0.5 lemon
  • 1 strawberry and 2 pieces of basil muddled
  • Top with sparkling

Muddle strawberries and basil. Add all other ingredients and shake & double strain into a chilled large coupe. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

Gon’ Give It to You

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon, Apple, Ginger, Soda
Inspired by “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

This is a riff on the classic Gin Fizz. “I added some apple for body and, to honor the essence of the record, used ginger syrup for a little bit of a kick.”

  • 1.5oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. ginger syrup
  • 1oz apple juice
  • Topped with Soda

Combine gin, lemon, ginger, and apple. Shaker and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with Soda. Garnish with an apple slice.

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