Sinatra Smash Cocktail

Sinatra Smash Cocktail

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Several years ago, Jerry took me to Vegas for my birthday.  For 2 people who don’t gamble, we LOVE Vegas!  The restaurants are incredible, walking through the casinos is fascinating, and the shows?… Well, as countless people will tell you, the shows in Vegas are unbelievably amazing.   We were staying at the Encore and were headed down to the Sinatra Restaurant when I thought I was going to get us arrested.

Sinatra Smash Cocktail Recipe - Tangy sweet, fruity with a kick of bourbon. Still a Favorite! | www.lakesidetable.com

We were getting ready to break ground on our house the following year and I was enthralled with the architecture of the casinos.  I was snapping pictures of everything: the lights, the colors, the foliage, and the crown moldingswhere the camera are!  Oops.  Big no no.  A couple stern looking gentleman in suits started to head our way, and well, yeah, I quickly put the camera away and started making mental notes.

Sinatra Smash Cocktail Recipe - Tangy sweet, fruity with a kick of bourbon. Still a Favorite! | www.lakesidetable.com

We made it to the restaurant where we had our first Sinatra Smash.  What a treat! Bourbon is by far my favorite spirit.  (A high quality sipping tequila is a close second.  You guys know of my love of Mexico!?)  Served simply over ice is always best, but in a cocktail it lends it’s own unique personality to the beverage.  It’s iconic.  Frank himself was very much the same. Sinatra Smash Cocktail Recipe - Tangy sweet, fruity with a kick of bourbon. Still a Favorite! | www.lakesidetable.com

 

Sinatra Smash Cocktail Recipe - Tangy sweet, fruity with a kick of bourbon. Still a Favorite! | www.lakesidetable.com
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Sinatra Smash Cocktail

Sinatra Smash Cocktail Recipe - Fell in love with this at the Wynn in Vegas.  Tangy sweet, smooth and fruity with a kick of bourbon. Still a Favorite! | www.lakesidetable.com

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 8 minutes
Servings 2
Author Sinatra Restaurant Las Vegas

Ingredients

Sinatra Smash Cocktail

  • 8 blackberries fresh
  • mint leaves optional
  • 2 1/2 ounce homemade sweet and sour
  • 2/3 ounce vanilla simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounce Creme de Cassis
  • 4 ounce Gentleman Jack Whiskey

Vanilla Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean*

Sweet and Sour Mix

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice fresh
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup

Instructions

Vanilla Simple Syrup

  1. Set a pot with 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to boil.  Cut vanilla bean in 1/2 long wise.  Scrape the seeds from the bean and put it in the pot with the sugar water.
  2. Gently simmer the sugar vanilla water until all the sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.

Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

  1. Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1/4 cup vanilla simple syrup.  Keep refrigerated until ready to use.  If you make extra, it will keep 3-4 days.  

Sinatra Smash Cocktail

  1. Muddle 6 blackberries and a mint leaf in the bottom a cocktail shaker with the sweet and sour mix. Reserve 2 of the blackberries.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker, add ice and shake well.  Strain over ice in 2 glasses.  
  3. Garnish with a blackberry and mint leaves.

Recipe Notes

*Vanilla bean - if you don't have a vanilla bean handy, substitute 2 teaspoons vanilla extract after the simple syrup has cooled.  However, if you do have a vanilla bean, keep the outer husk and bury it in your sugar bag or canister for delicious vanilla sugar.  Yum!

Make a larger batch of simple syrup and sweet and sour mix to have on hand.  They both keep well for almost a week in the refrigerator!

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