Not so much named for that interminable stretch of California freeway—as most Los Angelino tourists assume—but rather for the date a former Boa Steakhouse general manager created this cocktail, on April 5, 2005. The cocktail is designed to showcase the strawberries and inspired by a classic Italian dessert in which fresh, sun-ripened strawberries are soaked in some of the world’s best balsamic vinegar. The result is tart, sweet, and with a touch of freshly cracked black pepper, a complex sensation. The 405 is Boa Steakhouse’s most popular cocktail on the menu, and annually outsells even water.
“This cocktail appeals to a wide range of guests, whether it is someone sitting at our bar for a late-night drink or as a pre-dinner cocktail,” general manager Brian Mongeon says. “The Boa 405 also can be enjoyed throughout their dining experience. None of the ingredients will overpower the taste of any of our entrées so it can be a nice accompaniment for guests looking for something different than a glass of wine.”
In a mixing glass, thoroughly muddle three strawberries cut into halves with ½ ounce simple syrup. Add 1½ ounces 42 Below vodka, 1½ ounces fresh lemon sour and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly cracked black pepper and a fresh strawberry.