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Tip Your Bartender: Chinese Tuxedo, New York

June 23, 2020

Story: Punch Staff

art: Nick Hensley

Cyril's floral Martini variation captures the opulence NYC's ballroom scene with vivid butterfly pea flower tea-infused vodka.

Welcome to a special two-week encore of “Tip Your Bartender,” a social media initiative from PUNCH connecting our readers with bar teams across the country via Instagram. Back by popular demand, we’re bringing a new group of drink-makers from across the country to revisit the classics—from the Tequila Sunrise to the Piña Colada.

Between June 15th and June 26th, for every dollar tipped to bar teams, the Bacardi family of brands has generously committed to matching it with an equal gift to our charitable partner, Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.

Send a tip to the Chinese Tuxedo bar staff via Venmo by searching @Lorenzo-Cyril.

The Category Is…

Lorenzo Cyril, Chinese Tuxedo | New York, New York

“The Category Is…” is Lorenzo Cyril’s homage to the NYC ballroom scene and culture. For decades NYC ballroom, ball and house culture has provided a space for queer Black and Latinx to have a sense of community, providing respite from an outside society that devalued their lives and denied their presence. Walking in a ball under various “categories” that canvased race, class and gender, the ball community has historically reflected the American Dream and the participants’ exclusion from it. Cyril’s floral Martini variation captures the ball scene’s opulence with vivid butterfly pea flower tea.

2 ½ ounces butterfly pea flower-infused Grey Goose vodka (see Editors’ Note)
½ ounce Martini Rossi Ambrato vermouth
¼ ounce manzanilla sherry
2 dashes lavender bitters
2 dashes orange bitters 

Garnish: orange peel

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Editors’ Note

Butterfly Pea Flower-Infused Grey Goose
750 mL Grey Goose vodka
20 grams butterfly pea flower tea 

In a non-reactive container, combine tea and vodka. Let sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes, agitating or stirring occasionally. Strain through a fine strainer and rebottle until ready to use.

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