Cocktails enjoy a spirited comeback

At Rayuela restaurant in New York City, Wondrich grudgingly gives credit for this cocktail revival to, well, the yuppie.

"I want my drink to be better than your drink. I want a vodka martini straight up in a martini glass because, you know, I'm not a hippie or anything like that."

From the New York bar Little Branch, Chad and Christy assembled the finalists for the "Sunday Morning" cocktail. They couldn't decide on one, liking all three.

The contenders include: "The Trumpet's Call," a champagne cocktail with fresh-squeezed grapefruit and orange juice mixed with Campari and a little elderflower liqueur.

They liked all three contenders: The "Trumpet's Call," a champagne cocktail with fresh-squeezed grapefruit and orange juice mixed with Campari and a little elderflower liqueur.

"You always end your show with a nature segment. We thought that the elderflower really brought that to life," said Pope.

The next, called "Morning Mojo," used coffee as a base and added in rum and apple brandy.

And finally they presented what they call the "Bright Eye":

"What we have here is an egg white with freshly squeezed lemon, freshly squeezed grapefruit, Campari - which is fantastic, you know, complex aperitif - with that kind of bitter orange note," said Solomon. "And then the nature element, we took Earl Grey tea and we infused that into a gin."

"Put a little orange marmalade in there as well," added Pope.

After (several!) taste tests, the "Bright Eye" got the nod.

Solomon had advice for the cocktail novice: "Trust your palate. If it tastes good to you, you know, great. If you want to learn more about the tinctures and aromatics and bitters and the various minutia that we get into, great. But if you don't, you don't have to, you know? Trust your palate."


Click here to check out Pope and Solomon's recipe for our very own "Sunday Morning" cocktail, the "Bright Eye" - and watch a video of its preparation!


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