While having dinner at the Four Seasons LA, I received a recommendation on Twitter from @CarrieVitt to try Culina’s Tivoli Zen. She described it as “luxury and relaxation in a glass,” and I have to say that description is spot on. It’s now my favorite drink in the world (well, currently anyway!)
Embodying the feeling of being in LA, it’s flavor is innovative, zesty, and fresh.
I had the chance to sit down with the beverage’s creator, Anthony Greco, to discover what’s inside this tasty cocktail.
So, why is it called the Tivoli Zen?
Anthony: We wanted something representative of Italy to go with the theme of Culina, so it has the colors of red and white topped with green mint garnish, the colors of the Italian flag. It’s named after the Tivoli Gardens in Rome, Italy, as the flavors are floral and effervescent.
What’s in it?
Anthony: It’s made with purity vodka, blueberry tea, lemon juice, and agave syrup infused with lavender I’ll give you the recipe if you like. (It’s included below.)
It’s a delicious combination. How did you come up with it?
Anthony: I chose blueberries since they’re pretty much in season year round in Southern California. We steep fresh and dried blueberries to make the tea. I worked with a pastry chef for three years and one of the desserts we made was a blueberry lavender tart. When I was trying to think of something that paired well with blueberry, that just came to me.
Well, I’m impressed. You must be a master mixologist.
Anthony: No, no … I’m just a passionate bartender who loves great food.
|Tivoli Zen Cocktail|| |
- 2 oz Purity Vodka
- 1½ oz blueberry tea
- ½ oz lemon juice
- ½ oz agave syrup infused with lavender
- top with soda and garnish with mint
- Mix together ingredients. Enjoy.