Llama Inn Wants to Up Your Cocktail Game

Get ready for a little mixing and drinking…

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DATE
July 21, 2020

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Veronica McCarthy

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Whenever I visit my friends in Williamsburg they ask, “Can we meet at Llama Inn?”

Equal parts relaxed, delicious and cocktail-brilliant, it’s always a no-brainer.  

The rooftop at Llama Inn serving peak relaxation vibes.
Lady Mixology, Lynnette Marrero.

Today we’re bringing you one of those cocktails from the cocktail wizard and Llama Inn bar director herself, Lynnette Marrero (btw you might recognize her as your teacher from MasterClass!). 


The Clara Bow Cocktail:

The Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons (1½ ounces) bourbon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (¾ ounce) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (½ ounce) elderflower liqueur or elderflower cordial
  • 1 tablespoon (½ ounce) grenadine
  • 6 mint leaves, plus mint sprig for serving

The Directions:

Shake bourbon, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, grenadine and mint leaves in a shaker with ice. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

The History:

This cocktail was co-created with Jim Kearns for a true New York speakeasy bar called Woodson & Ford [Ed. Note: Permanently closed]. Lynnette and Jim debuted it again on their Rye House menu. Developed in homage to 1920s actress and “It” girl Clara Bow, the whiskey cocktail takes after her grit and the red hue of her hair. Cocktails like this one inspired some of Llama Inn’s signature drinks, including the Senorita Spritz.


Lynnette’s Best Of:

Party Song? Currently, “Yo Perrero Sola” by Bad Bunny

Party Dress Code? Chic, lightweight, and comfortable. I want to be dancing.

Party Trick? Bartending. This is the best.

Party Cocktail? Margarita.

Late Night Snack? I am a sucker for pizza.

Best Party Ever Attended? The unofficial 50 best in 2015 with the team from Candelaria Paris!


Want more cockatil inspo? Download Kristin Tice Studeman’s e-cookbook, Serving New York. You can find Llama Inn in there plus other New York restaurants we know and love. 100% of proceeds go to ROAR and Robin Hood’s restaurant relief fund, providing cash assistance to NYC restaurant workers.


WORDS BY
Veronica McCarthy
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