Boa Steakhouse • Santa Monica, California
Manager Brent Berkowitz named this cocktail for the nearby 405 Freeway, which is frequently jammed. Escaping the road's nightmarish traffic is a perfect excuse for a drink, he jokes.
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11/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
Large pinch of coarsely cracked black pepper
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Dash of balsamic vinegar
2 strawberries, hulled and halved
How to Make It
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries and Simple Syrup. Add the vodka, lemon juice, vinegar and ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the pepper.
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