Beat summer to the punch by getting sun-soaked before it's officially here. Do this with the effervescence of a Prosecco-based drink called the Mr. C Cocktail, which is served at the tony Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel on Beverwil Drive at Pico Boulevard. Opened by brothers Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, the Mr. C Beverly Hills is the perfect place to imbibe in a refreshing cocktail. The Cipriani bothers' great-grandfather, Giuseppe, opened Harry's Bar in Venice in 1931. If the Cipriani family created the Bellini, they can invent anything. The Mr. C cocktail does its namesakes proud with a refreshing blend of light-and-bright vodka, Prosecco, sweet mandarin purée and a swallow of tart lemon juice.
Mr. C Beverly Hills, 1224 Beverwil Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 277-2800, http://www.mrchotels.com
Mr. C Cocktail
4 minutes. Serves 1
2 ounces mandarin purée
1 1/2 ounces vodka, preferably Yacht Club
2 1/2 ounces Prosecco, preferably Cipriani
1/2 ounce lemon juice
In a cocktail shaker, combine the purée, vodka, Prosecco and lemon juice with ice. Shake lightly and pour into a rocks glass or strain into a flute. Top with more Prosecco to make it extra bubbly for the summer.
NOTE: Adapted from Mr. C Beverly Hills. To make mandarin purée, peel the fruit and purée in a food processor, sweetening as desired with sugar; press the purée through a sieve, discarding the solids.
Protein 1 gram
Carbohydrates 9 grams
Fiber 1 gram
Sugar 6 grams