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A Cocktail Recipe

I’m not a fan of overly sweet cocktails. Whenever I see “simple syrup” (sugar water) listed on a cocktail menu, I usually just order a vodka or scotch. There’s just something about mixing booze with sugar that guarantees I’ll be suffering a hangover the next morning.

 Mixologist Chris ParkeRecently, my friend Chris Parke (mixologist/bartender at Raphael) created a special cocktail for the latest Test Kitchen night at Short Order. This was a one-time event showcasing burgers and cocktails from some of L.A.’s most talented chefs and bartenders.

On the day of the event, I was surprised when Chris tweeted that he named his clementine (“oh my darling”) cocktail after me. Of course I was honored, but what if was too sweet and I didn’t like it? MyLastBite.com has always been about focusing on the positive. If I don’t like it, I don’t share it.

Thankfully the drink was fantastic (everyone at our large table thought so too). It was fruity, refreshing and just a tad bitter. The clementine cocktail also went perfectly with my favorite burger of the night, made by Raphael’s chef Adam Horton.

Jo My Darlin’ Cocktail Recipe

Jo My Darlin' Cocktail by Chris ParkeINGREDIENTS:

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz Aperol

1 oz Clementine juice

2 dash orange bitters

A bit of chopped basil

A slice of clementine soaked in aperol for 24 hours (to garnish)

Lemongrass for garnish


Mix Aperol, juice, bourbon, bitters and basil together in cocktail shaker, then pour over ice

Garnish with lemongrass and aperol soaked clementine

Note: Chris added a tiny bit of cayenne pepper in my drink. He knows I like it spicy!


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Test Kitchen at Short Order

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About Aperol

Cocktail Menu by Chris Parke at Raphael Restaurant. Note: “The Basil” is the one I order the most.

Jo My Darlin' on the Menu

Photo of Chris by Lane Smith Jr. (provided by Chris Parke).


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My first bite of Raphael Restaurant in Studio City

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Crispy Baby Artichokes with Remoulade, Pepper Coulis

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Melon and Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with compressed melon, basil seeds, lime air

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Tuna Tartare: Green curry “glass”, green papaya, coconut, kaffir lime, crispy taro, lemon grass, basil, cilantro

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Crispy pork belly “Panzanella”: House made French sausage, brioche, nước chấm, capsicum, herbs and pickles

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Diver Scallop: English pea, black garlic and uni

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Mary’s Farm Buttermilk Fried Chicken: Mashed potato, Frisée, Chorizo Gravy

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“Anise in Wonderland” Yogurt Bavarois, Absinthe Puree, Root Beer Mousse, Black Olive Nougatine, Anise Meringues, Grapefruit Sorbet, Anise Sugar Kataifi Tuile, and Fennel Frond Garnish by Chef Kasra Ajdari

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Valrhona Guanaja Pot de Creme topped with celery root puree, cocoa meringues, hazelnut penuche, chicory soil, and hazelnut sorbet by Chef Kasra Ajdari

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“Broken Blueberries”: Blueberry/Violet puree, white chocolate, elderflower bavarois, kaffir lime foam, beet croquant by Chef Kasra Ajdari

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One of Raphael’s Signature Cocktails: “Balsamic” with Ketel One, Muddled Strawberries, Balsamic Vinegar, Lemon

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Raphael’s Vertical Garden

I’m so thrilled that Chef Adam Horton (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Melisse, Saddle Peak Lodge) is cooking just a few minutes from my house. His food is so beautiful, modern (Gazpacho with Compressed Melon) and comforting (Chorizo Gravy!). And if you’re a dessert fan, you’ll for sure fall in love with the super-talented Kasra Ajdari.

Read more about the the Raphael family (and look at some beautiful photos of the interior) by my friend Kevin Eats

Pairing Wine at Raphael by Refined Palate

Dining Date: 6/9/11
Shared w Peter, Julian & Kimmy

Raphael RestaurantRaphael Restaurant
11616 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 505-3337

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