What better way to soak up the sun than with a refreshing cocktail in hand? Rande Gerber, the founder and owner of the Midnight Oil Company and the Gerber Group, has been an influential proprietor in the bar and nightlife industry for over 20 years. His list of bars include New York favorites, Whiskey Park, Stone Rose, Underbar and LEXbar, just to name a few. Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the best bartenders and mixologists across the globe. Rande has now taken his expertise and partnered with the industry’s best rum, vodka, and tequila producers.
Are you sick of the same old, tired concoctions? Throwing a little get together? Prepare these signature cocktails created by Rande’s Malibu hot spot, Café Habana, ahead of time and have them ready for guests as they enter.
Prickly Pear Margarita
1.5 ounces prickly pear infused with Tequila
5 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce (long splash) prickly pear infused sweet and sour
Serve in a rocks glass
Add a lime wedge for garnish and a short, cocktail straw.
In a rock glass, flatten two limes with a muddler and add 4-6 mint leaves. If the leaves are small add more. Rather one too many, than one too few. Fill glass with ice. Add 1.75 ounces Bacardi rum . Add 1 ounce (long squeeze) Mojito syrup . Mix thoroughly in cocktail shaker . Top with a splash of soda water Finish with a short thick straw. ■