The rest of the time, it's frou-frou drinks. These aren't umbrella drinks, necessarily. These are creations that, at their best, combine a series of unlikely flavors into something sublime. The simplest version of that is the Raspberry Lemon Drop:
1 1/2 oz cirtrus vodka
3/4 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Chambord Liqueur
1 oz Sweet & Sour mix
Juice from two lemon wedges
lemon twist & sugar for rimming glass
- If desired rub a lemon wedge around the rim of a martini glass and dip in sugar to coat the rim.
- In metal mixing tin, fill with ice, add vodka, triple sec, Sweet & Sour and juice from two lemon wedges.
- Shake thoroughly and strain into chilled martini glass.
- Pour Chambord down the center of the drink for layered affect (red bottom, yellow/white up top).
- Garnish with a lemon twist if desired
If you wish to peruse all of their drink creations, look at their menu: http://www.carmelita.net/pdf%20menus/carmelita-wine-list-3.8.11.pdf - scroll to the second and third pages.
Carmelita's specializes in combining flavors you'd never consider putting together and melding them into a taste experience that transcends the sum of the parts. Sometimes, depending on your particular palette, that's a bad thing. But most of the time, it's very, very good. Another restaurant in Seattle, Moshi Moshi (sushi) has a fun drink menu, too. Their great claim to my affection is liberal use of ginger and lime in their various drinks. When I say I like ginger, most people nod, but my husband quickly corrects their mistaken notion that they comprehend the level of my appreciation for the spice. My very favorite soda on the planet is Reed's Extra Ginger Ale. Fizzy, GINGERY goodness - so much ginger, this stuff burns. All the way down. And there's no alcohol. Mmmmmmm. The DH claims he could pour Reed's Extra into the batteries as a substitute for the acid already in there. It's Reed's Extra that Moshi Moshi uses to mix a few of the drinks on their menu. Those drinks make me happy.