An in-house aloe vera cordial gives this cocktail a deep flavor with a hint of sourness, says Karol Ansaldi, the corporate bar manager for Groot Hospitality, which includes Komodo in Miami. “Considering the aloe’s healing properties, it’s supposed to represent a geisha entertaining and taking care of her guests,” he says. Aloe’s bitter flavor is best offset with strong fruity flavors like grapes, berries or citrus, Ansaldi believes.
- 1 1/2 ounce Grey Goose vodka
- 2/3 ounce aloe vera juice
- 2/3 ounce apple juice
- 1/3 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 8 raspberries
- Garnish: gold flakes
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with gold flakes.