Remember that one time, when you woke up wondering, Where can I get a drink on a rooftop with a breathtaking 180 degree view of Manhattan? We do too, which is why we’re recommending La Piscine, the newly opened rooftop bar of the Hotel Americano, where their ace bartender Julius Vergabera mixes creative cocktails with a twist. We asked Vergabera to make us a drink inspired by one of his favorite films, 1997′s The Saint, and this is what he came up with.
The Saint was actually based on a TV series with the same name back in the late ’50s and early ’60s. The premise of the movie and series was like a modern Robin Hood story: a thief steals and later gives away his loot to the less fortunate. I used gin because the original Saint was played by Roger Moore (the original James Bond) and the series was shown in the UK. As we all know, gin is the favorite drink of our distant cousins across the Atlantic. I used St-Germain because it is made from these rare elderflowers from the Alps. Like The Saint himself—a thief that gives away what he stole—both are unique and seldom.
-Hint of sugar
-Splash of Cranberry
-Mint sprig and orange slice
Photography by Allison Riegle