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In honor of each of our favorite designers at Dreams in Heels, our friend, Celebrity Venezuelan Chef Carlos La Cruz created six amazing New York Fashion Week Designers Inspired Cocktails Recipes. The recipes are created with much love and dedication. Each of them reflects the personalities and/or designs of each of the designers below. Read more to find out who are our chosen designers.
Betsey Johnson XOXO Cocktail
This drink is as playful, fun and colorful as Betsey Johnson.
2 spoons of sugar cane paste
2 oz of peregrino water
1/2 cup packed mint leaves, plus 12 mint sprigs, for garnish
6 limes, cut into wedges
2oz of light rum
2 oz Champagne or sparkling wine
Directions: In a small saucepan, combine the sugar cane paste the water and cook over high heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. combine the sugar syrup with the mint leaves and lime wedges and muddle well with a wooden spoon. Add the rum and stir well. Strain the drink into a chill glass . Fill tall glasses with cracked ice and pour in the drink, filling them about two-thirds full. Top with Champagne, garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.
Custo Barcelona Cocktail
This drink is classic, different and versatile such as Custo Barcelona designs.
1 1/2 ounces VSOP cognac
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Top it with Champagne or sparkling wine
Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with sparkling wine and serve.
Michael Costello Cocktail
This cocktail promises to be very wild, sexy, fun, and maybe even see thru, such as Michael Costello fabulous designs.
1 1/2 ounces amontillado Sherry
1 ounce Aperol (bitter orange Italian aperitif)
2 dashes of Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters or orange bitters, plus 1 dash for garnish
1 1/2 ounces chilled Champagne
1 lemon twist wrapped around a pick, for garnish (optional)
Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the sherry, Aperol and 2 dashes of bitters and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute. Top with the Prosecco and garnish with a dash of bitters and the lemon twist.
This drink is iconic, solid, and one of its class.
1 ounce Irish whiskey
1/4 ounce yellow Chartreuse
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey mixed with 1/2 teaspoon warm water
1 ounce chilled Champagne
1 lemon twist, preferably spiral-cut, for garnish
Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the Champagne and garnish and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute, stir in the Champagne and garnish with the twist.
Oscar de la Renta
This drink is legendary, bubbly, elegant, and unforgettable.
3 maraschino cherries, plus 3/4 ounce syrup from the jar
Sugar cane paste powder
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
2 brown sugar cubes
1/2 ounce Cherry Heering or cherry liqueur
4 ounces chilled Champagne
Directions: Moisten the outer rim of a flute with 1/2 ounce maraschino cherry syrup and coat with superfine sugar. Sprinkle the bitters over the sugar cubes. Add the Cherry Heering, maraschino cherries and the remaining 1/4 ounce of maraschino cherry syrup to the flute. Top with the Champagne and add the sugar cubes.
This cocktail is sophisticated, legendary, fashionable and classy.
1/2 cup sugar cane paste powder
1 tablespoon dried lavender
dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
Fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish
Directions for 6 people: Step 1: Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in dried lavender. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Strain out lavender. Refrigerate syrup until ready to serve (up to 1 month). Step 2: Pour about 6 ounces Champagne and 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each flute. Garnish each with a lavender sprig.
If you try these recipes out, please let us know your thoughts on them below. What other designers, would you like for Chef Carlos La Cruz to create an inspired recipe?