Richie Moe's Citi-Zen

The Citi-Zen
The Citi-Zen
Zach Fowle

Yesterday we met Richie Moe, the bartender savant who mixes the drinks at Scottsdale's newest spot, Citizen Public House. Today he shares with us the recipe for the Citi-Zen.

"It fits into our name -- it's the Citi-Zen. It's our Zen City martini," Moe says. "It's a simple cocktail but it tastes phenomenal."

Clever, right? Citizen uses their own house-made sweet and sour, which you can easily replicate by mixing 12 ounces of lemon juice, 18 ounces of water and ¼ cup of sugar.

"Your sweet and sour should taste like more bitter lemonade," Moe says.

The ingredients:
2 ½ - 3 oz. Absolut Pear vodka
1 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1 ½ oz. homemade sweet and sour mix
Long, thin strip of lemon peel
Swizzle stick

How to make it:
Pour vodka, ginger liqueur and sweet and sour into an ice filled shaker. Give it a good shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Take the lemon peel and twist over the glass, allowing the oils to fall on the liquid (Moe tip: "Not only does the lemon twist look really cool, but you can also see the oils come right off the lemon. Zest it right over the glass to get a bit of that lemon oil in there and give it a really good lemon flavor."). Garnish with the lemon twist and a stick of rock candy, which you can swirl around in the glass if it needs sweetening.

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