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Salt Air's Crown of Thorns

Elizabeth Daniels 10/13

Eater asked five bars around the city to create special, limited time only off-the-menu Eater drinks, available through Sunday for Eater's Cocktail Week. So far Kristina Howald at Bestia will serve you a Granita Applebum. Today Brian Butler at Salt Air in Venice joins in with Crown of Thorns for $11.

Working behind the Salt Air bar means crafting drinks using only non-distilled ingredients because the restaurant doesn't have a full liquor license. So, here vermouths and fortified aperitifs are plentiful, and Butler says that they are so beautifully flavored and incredibly delicious by themselves that making a cocktail out of them could almost be a disservice.

So, his inspiration for Crown of Thorns comes from finding a delicate enough touch that allows these great flavors to really shine as a base spirit. Here, Imbue Petal & Thorn bittersweet aperitif is the star, balanced with cucumber juice and lemon, plus a touch of honey and bitters to round it out. Butler floats Brut Rose Cremant for texture and the result is a frothy, rose hued refresher that aims to please.
· All Cocktail Week 2013 Coverage [~ELA~]

Salt Air

1616 Abbot Kinney, Venice Beach, CA

Salt Air

1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291

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