Berries & Bubbles

Ocean Prime

This is the best-selling cocktail at all eight locations of this steak-and-seafood house, according to Ryan Valentine, director of beverage for the chain’s parent company, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.

“When someone sees one, they order one,” he said. “It’s a great tasting cocktail. It’s very balanced, it’s made with really great ingredients, and it’s not overly sweet, so when people enjoy it they have a second one. It’s also a visual experience.”

To make the drink, citrus vodka, crème de cassis and house-made sour mix are shaken with ice and strained into a cocktail glass in which a thumbnail-sized piece of dry ice has been placed. Strawberries and blueberries that have been soaked in a mixture of sugar and orange liqueur are then floated on top, along with an ounce of brut Champagne.

“You get these deep currant flavors from the crème de cassis, and the sparkling wine ties it all together,” Valentine said.

The drink is around $14, although it varies a bit by market.

Ocean Prime has locations in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa. The Berries & Bubbles also is available at Mitchell’s Ocean Club in the company’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

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