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Get ready to break out those swizzle sticks: With the fourth season of Sex and the City kicking off June 3, fans of the naughty HBO comedy now have a drinking game to go with their Sunday-night viewings. Master mixologist (and 11-year veteran of NYC’s famed Rainbow Room) Dale DeGroff has concocted a cocktail for each member of the S&C quartet — and says it was a snap. ”I was trying to match the drinks with the characters and their temperaments,” says DeGroff. ”Lushes, aren’t they?”
SOUR APPLE MARTINI
1 1/2 oz. Smirnoff vodka, 1/2 oz. DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps, 1/2 oz. Leroux Triple Sec, 3/4 oz. lemon juice. Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with Granny Smith apple.
INSPIRED BY Sarah Jessica Parker’s trendy Carrie. ”She’s cutting-edge,” says DeGroff, ”and sour apple martinis are cutting-edge right now in L.A. and New York.”
SIP Every time Carrie lights up
1 oz. Baileys, 1 oz. DeKuyper Peppermint Schnapps, 1 oz. heavy cream. Shake with ice and strain into a small cocktail glass.
INSPIRED BY Kristin Davis’ oh-so-proper Charlotte. ”It seems like she would always want something that tastes the same and tastes good, and would never take chances on anything new,” says DeGroff.
SIP Whenever Charlotte mentions Trey
1 1/2 oz. Absolut Kurant, 3/4 oz. St. Raphael, 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Stir with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.
INSPIRED BY Cynthia Nixon’s ambitious attorney, Miranda. ”Manhattans are made out of whiskey, and this one’s not,” says DeGroff. ”Because she’s independent and always does things her own way.”
SIP When Miranda complains about men
CHAMBORD FRENCH MARTINI
3/4 oz. Tanqueray vodka, 3/4 oz. Chambord, 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice. Shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
INSPIRED BY Kim Cattrall’s man-eating PR exec, Samantha. ”It’s sexy,” says DeGroff. ”It’s pink and has a little foam on top and is a wonderful-tasting drink.”
SIP Every time Samantha has any sort of sexual contact