This cocktail was first poured in 2010 for the opening menu at the original Beauty & Essex restaurant and lounge on New York’s Lower East Side. Now it’s a staple at all three locations, including Las Vegas and Hollywood, where Beauty & Essex is a dramatic 10,000-square-foot two-level venue, with two full service bars, an outdoor terrace, courtyard spaces and a private dining room.

“We wanted to create a cocktail that everyone could enjoy,” says Beverage Director Megan Ardizoni, “while paying homage to the concept of the speakeasy during the days of Prohibition and drawing on the decadence of the Pawn Shop which functions as a hidden entrance into all locations of Beauty & Essex.”

INGREDIENTS
- 1 1/2 oz. The Botanist Gin
- 1/2 oz. Campo Viejo Cava Brut
- 3/4 oz. Funkin Strawberry Puree
- 1/2 oz. cucumber-infused water
- 1/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup

DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a very thin slice of lemon.

Courtesy of Beauty & Essex

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