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Ashley Marie Sneed is currently a chef at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte*, and has been cooking in restaurants and hotels for over six years. Her culinary talents stem from a passion for food and wine, and her desire to share that with the rest of the world has led her to pursue a career in writing. Her experiences range from dining to cooking to cultural immersions in Europe and Asia and domestic meccas such as New York, L.A. and Chicago. She loves cooking at home for friends and family, indulging at local restaurants, blogging about her culinary adventures and preparing meals for a new and upcoming personal chef company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ashley is a Ritz-Carlton employee, but not an official company spokesperson. The opinions and positions expressed are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ritz-Carlton, LLC.

New Spring Cocktails From Mimosa Grill In Charlotte

Oh…my…gosh. Mimosa Grill has put together an array of new spring cocktails that are out of this world by using local farmer’s market ingredients, house-infused liquors, and fresh herbs.

Photo credit: www.bluejeangourmet.wordpress.com

These handcrafted drinks are as simple as can be but offer up the most exquisite flavor combinations that take your palate on the most frivolous ride of it’s life. They’ve got a Strawberry Basil Martini with Ketel One, fresh berries and local micro basil, a Kiwi Peach Mojito with mint, local peaches, kiwi, and rum, and a Mimosa Cocktail with Knob Creek, peach bitters, mint, and a splash of their signature Mimosa tea. There’s a Hendrick’s Gin martini with cucumber and chipotle, and a house-made sangria with Prosecco.

If you’re like me and want to recreate every fabulous drink that you come across at your own home, follow these little tricks:

1). Write the ingredients down from the menu, and even use your smart phone to take a picture of the description.

2). Don’t just drink the cocktail (you lush, you!). Pay close attention to the ratios, whether it’s more sweet than tart, if there’s a filler like club soda, or if there’s a special element like something spicy.

3). Feel free to ask the waiter about the ingredients, because they don’t always list things like simple syrups on the menu. Once you’ve done this, it’s all about trial and error. And boy, do I love trial and error.

WHERE:
Mimosa Grill
327 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Ph. 704-343-0700

HOURS:
Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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