This month's collection of cocktail recipes gets a heavy dose of glamor, from the TV screen to the fashion runway to something between the covers.
Our first recipe is from international model/magazine writer/cookbook author/TV personality Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo television's "Top Chef."
• Padma's Sweet Lime-Ginger Rum Punch
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups dark rum
2 cups ice, plus more for serving
Lime slices, cilantro for garnish
In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and ginger to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large pitcher, pressing hard on the ginger. Let cool to room temperature. Stir in the lime juice, rum and the 2 cups of ice. Strain into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lime slices and cilantro. Makes 8 drinks.
This cocktail was created for festivities surrounding New York's recent Fashion Week. It's made with Chambord Liqueur, a blend of raspberries, blackberries, vanilla and honey, made in France's Loire Valley.
• Chambord French Martini:
1 1/2 parts vodka
1/2 part Chambord
1/2 part pineapple juice
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.
Our final recipe was created by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck in honor of steamy-novel writer Jackie Collins' 25th book, "Drop Dead Beautiful," just released.
• The Jackie Collins
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces lemonade
One-half fresh lime
1.5 ounces club soda
1 fresh mint leaf
Muddle raspberries in a shaker with a splash of simple syrup. Add icem then the vodka and the lemonade. Squeeze juice of half a lime. Shake all ingredients vigorously. Add the club soda, then shake once more. Strain into a highball glass and garnish with a raspberry and the mint leaf.
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