While Lower East Side locals have been turning up at Melissa O’Donnell’s new spot, Salt Bar, for the young chef’s haute home-style cooking, they’re staying for the cocktails. Greg Seider works wonders behind the bar on Clinton Street, doing a "yin-yang thing," says O’Donnell, shopping daily for fresh ingredients to spike his fabulously deadly concoctions. Take, for example, Seider’s Raspberry Chamomile Martini. Here, the wicked recipe:
2 oz. Absolut Mandarin vodka
1 oz. chilled chamomile tea
2 tbs. fresh raspberry puree
2 tbs. fresh lime juice.
Shake the ingredients together and garnish with dried plum.