Cocktail Culture: The Golden Leaf

Created by Charlotte Voissey for Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Hendrick’s gin, Aperol liqueur, orange, pineapple and fresh-squeezed lime combine to create this slightly sweet crown jewel of a cocktail.

“The golden leaf is a sophisticated,
well-balanced gin martini with a subtle hint of mandarin orange,” Mandarin Bar manager Melody Sheppard says.

Mandarin Bar serves the cocktail with a shimmering crown of gold dust garnish, but the following is a simplified version to enjoy at home:

  • 1½ ounces Hendrick’s gin
  • ¼ ounce Aperol orange liqueur
  • 3 clementine or mandarin orange segments
  • ¼ ounce (1 small chunk) pineapple
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup (1:1 water and sugar)

Combine orange and pineapple in a martini shaker and muddle gently. Add remaining ingredients and shake well.

Strain and serve, up, in a chilled martini glass.