Chef Jeff Special Cocktails

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Deaths Door Sunset Cocktail


·      2 Basil Leaves

·      2 slices Fresh Ginger Root

·      2 teaspoons Agave Nectar

·      1 teaspoons Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

·      1tablespoons Compari

·      1 ½ ounces Death’s Door Gin

·      Lemon twist for garnish


-Muddle basil leaves, ginger, agave nectar, and grapefruit juice in cocktail shaker

-Add Compari and Gin in shaker

-Shake all ingredients together then use strainer to pour drink over cup of ice

-Use lemon twist for garnish.

Black Cherry Gin Cocktail


·      ½ ounce Gin

·      1tsp Rose Water

·      2 ounce Tonic Water

·      1 tablespoon Black Cherry Jam

·      Edible Flowers as garnish


-      In small glass pour Gin, rose water, tonic water and black cherry jam over ice

-      Stir ingredients and garnish with edible flowers for color

Virgin Cocktail – Flip Tip


·      1 ounce Orange Juice

·      1 teaspoon Rose Water

·      2 ounce Tonic Water

·      1 tablespoon Black Cherry Jam

·      Edible Flowers as garnish


-      In one large glass pour orange juice, rose water, tonic water, and black cherry jam

-      Stir and garnish with edible flowers for a refreshing virgin cocktail

Meet the Guest Stars
Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

John Varanese | @dinevaranese


John Varanese obtained his BA in Food Service Management and AS in Culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University in South Carolina. During his enrollment there, Varanese was Kitchen Manager for Magnolias, a landmark in Southern cuisine, for three years. Varanese set himself apart from other chefs quickly after displaying his accomplished understanding of business finance. While working in Magnolias, he revealed his great ability to control costs while producing very high... (full profile)

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