Spring Refresh: Reinvigorate Your Senses with Light & Healthy Cocktails at Ariana

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reinvigorate your senses this spring with a refreshing splash of vodka . . . minus the guilt.

Ariana – a newly launched restaurant dedicated to serving traditional Russian fare with a modern twist, conceptualized by Russian recording artist Ariana Grinblat – introduces its delightful assortment of light and healthy libations, infused with incredible, farm-fresh ingredients such as green bell peppers and crisp fennel. The sumptuous spread is a fantastic addition to Ariana’s impressive array of fine wines, beers, and spirits, which boasts a stunning collection of aged and infused vodkas.

Eager to sample one of the healthful sips?

Try your hand at one of the recipes below . . . or better yet, pay a visit to the charming eatery, where you can enjoy exquisitely prepared dishes such as Velvet Borscht, Lobster Stuffed Cabbage and Duck Pelmeni alongside your luscious drink.

Ariana is located at 138 West Houston Street. 212.262.2323.

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Green Bell Pepper Martini

Green Bell Pepper Martini  - Ariana SoHo

• 1 1/2 oz of green bell pepper juice

(place green bell pepper in a blender, then use a double strainer to get juice)

• 1/2 oz of dill infused vodka

(infuse dill in vodka for 3 days before use)

• 1 1/2 oz of vodka

• 1/4 oz of lime juice

• 1/5 oz of agave


Combine all ingredients, and shake with ice.

Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and rimmed with

house-made salt.

House salt: 1 spoon of Himalayan salt, half spoon of fennel seeds, 3 whole star anise and 1 oz of Sambuca.

Flambé the ingredients until fully incorporated. Dip rocks glass in resulting mixture.

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Strawberry Fennel

Strawberry and Fennel  - Ariana SoHo

• A handful of strawberries

• 1 oz of Galliano

• 1 oz Combier

• 4 slices fresh fennel

• 1 ½ oz vodka

• ½ oz lime juice

• ½ oz agave nectar

• Splash of champagne


Cut 2-3 strawberries in half.

Flambé them in Combier and Galliano liqueur, (1 oz Galliano, 1 oz Combier).

Let the strawberries cool off.

Take a shaker and muddle 2-3 small slices of fresh fennel.

After, add around 2 of the flambéed strawberries and muddle a second gently.

From there, add 1 ½ oz vodka, ½ oz of lime juice, ½ oz of agave nectar and shake the mixture with ice.

Pour in a rocks glass with any remaining fruit and top with a splash of champagne.

Garnish with a strawberry and slice of fennel.

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The Petite

The Petite  - Ariana SoHo

•  8 green grapes

• 1 1/2 oz of vodka

• 1 oz of elderflower liqueur

• 3/4 oz of lime juice

• 1/4 oz of agave nectar

• ¼ oz club soda

• ¼ oz hibiscus elixir


Muddle 4 grapes in a shaker.

Add the rest of ingredients except for the hibiscus elixir and soda.

Shake with ice, and then pour in a rocks glass along with the remaining grapes.

Add a dash of hibiscus elixir and a splash of soda, and top it all off with a single green grape.


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