updated 05/27/2010 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/28/2010 AT 3:30 PM ET
Getting ready to get reacquainted with Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha with Sex and the City 2 this weekend? Set the right mood with cocktails inspired by the popular franchise!
Andrea Correale, President of Elegant Affairs Caterers in New York, created some drink recipes inspired by the latest chapter, which finds the ladies decamping to Abu Dhabi for a Middle Eastern vacation. She also mixes up a play on their signature drink, the Cosmopolitan, called the Desert Sunrise. So, before you head to the multiplex, pick up a cocktail shaker and try these out.
1 oz vodka
5 oz orange juice
1 shot grenadine syrup
Directions: Mix chilled vodka and chilled orange juice in a champagne or high ball glass. Top with grenadine, garnish with cherry
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3 oz pepper vodka
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 tsp olive juice
Gorgonzola stuffed Olives
Directions: Pour the pepper vodka, dry vermouth and olive juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a clear lucite skewer stacked with two Gorgonzola stuffed olives
"The Abu Dabi"
(In Abu Dhabi, only restaurants located in hotels are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages. Therefore, Andrea also created a non-alcoholic “mocktail”)
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups water
10 sprigs mint
1 2 liter bottle of ginger ale
Directions: Place first five ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and remove from heat and let sit until cool. Strain entire blend. Cover and refrigerate.
To serve: Fill glasses or a pitcher with equal amounts of fruit juice, ginger ale and water. Add ice and serve.