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Serving Up: The Garden Party at The Café

By August 4, 2022Rhode Island, Top News, Serving Up

The Café Bartenders Kylie Sarosi and Virginia Graham with The Garden Party.

The Café
3 Canal Street
Westerly, RI

Located in charming downtown Westerly, The Café is a destination venue with a unique ambiance. A collaboration between restaurateur Dan King and his in-laws, Chuck and Deborah Royce, the eatery was founded with a vision of old Hollywood elegance in mind, with the motto “Where stars are treated like locals and locals are treated like stars.” The team at The Café strives to give guests a fun and comfortable experience, whether they’re stopping in for a full meal or a quick cocktail. The venue is adjacent to the historic United Theatre, so guests can enjoy lunch, dinner or snacks before or after seeing a film next door. The interior design, from its artwork curated by Hilary Pierce Hatfield to its table placement and dinnerware, ties together the themes of old Hollywood and the classic American eatery with its main bar as a focal point. “Behind our beautiful zinc bar are two of the best bartenders in the business: Kylie Sarosi and Virginia Graham,” said General Manager Steve Corrigan. “It’s a privilege to work with such talented professionals who truly understand, and are so dedicated to, their craft.” The venue offers a variety of fresh, seasonal creative cocktails, including one of its newest concoctions that invokes the flavors of summer.

Bartenders: Kylie Sarosi and Virginia Graham

Cocktail: The Garden Party

» 2 oz. New Amsterdam Stratusphere Gin
» 2 oz. house-made yuzu-limeade
» 1 oz. fresh tomato essence (tomato water)
» 2 dashes celery bitters
» 1 oz. tonic water
» Garnish: skewered cherry tomato and snow pea pod

The Garden Party cocktail from The Café in Westerly.

Method: Combine gin, yuzu-limeade, tomato essence and bitters into a shaker over ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a 24-ounce goblet. Add a splash of tonic water and top with ice as needed. Garnish with a skewered cherry tomato and a fresh snow pea pod if desired.

“The Garden Party is an aromatic gin-based cocktail that utilizes locally sourced tomatoes with yuzu, lime and celery bitters to create a refreshing balance of tart, savory and sweet,” Corrigan said. “This will remind you of sunny summer afternoons in the backyard with friends and, not for nothing, it’s just about the tastiest, most interesting cocktail you’ll find in the Northeast.”









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