The ginger martini at Indochine. It may look girly, but it doesn't taste like it.
I was researching cocktails at Indochine for a GO story on cocktail lounges that publishes next Friday. I brought along a co-worker who likes flavorful drinks, but has great disdain for anything cloying (or, as he calls it "gross girl drinks").
He likes flavor, though. We wondered if there were any flavor-punched savory cocktails on the menu (something besides a bloody mary). Indochine bartender Wesley McLain had an immediate suggestion: a ginger martini.
McLain muddled pieces of fresh ginger with a mixture of Yazi ginger flavored vodka and Level vodka (the ginger vodka alone, McLain said, was "too much" ginger). McLain added a squeeze of lime and served it in a martini glass. It was perfect – aromatic from the ginger, refreshingly tart from the lime, and not girly at all (except for the flower on the rim, which we ditched).
The ginger martini is not on the menu at Indochine, but McLain or another Indochine bartender will mix it up for you. Your price for ginger goodness: $8.50.
1924 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-8200