Farm to plate? Try farm to glass. Echo & Rig at Tivoli Village may be known for its locally sourced butcher shop and steakhouse, but you can’t get much fresher than its ace cocktail program, which uses fresh herbs and spices picked straight from the planters outside its doors, and produce delivered daily from local farms.
Curated by Wirtz mixology master Andrew Pollard, the seasonal menu seeks to pull patrons out of their comfort zone with farm-fresh takes on tired classics.
Embrace the fall harvest with the French Kiss, a crisp, juicy spin on a cosmopolitan that blends Van Gogh Melon Vodka and Marie Brizard watermelon liqueur with fresh, house-pressed lime juice and watermelon purée. The latter keeps things sweet and light without being sugary, and provides a perfect counterbalance to the subtle bitterness of the vodka. Egg whites from Chino Valley Farms give the drink a velvety texture, each sip starting sweet and ending with the tempered bite of lime. Pair with a plate of sumptuous salad for a reminder that while we live in a desert, it sure doesn’t taste like one.
1 ½ oz. Van Gogh Melon Vodka
½ oz. Marie Brizard watermelon liqueur
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
1 1/5 oz. fresh watermelon purée
½ egg white
1 dash of bitters
lime wheel (garnish)
heirloom watermelon (garnish)
Method: Rim martini glass with sugar k Mix vodka, watermelon liqueur, lime, watermelon purée, bitters and egg white. Shake vigorously, strain into martini glass. k Garnish with watermelon and lime.