Now in its second year, Pink & Green Weekend, which is a celebration of Spring and Mother’s Day, continues to get more and more fun. New for this year is the Pink & Green Drink Contest. Is this what it sounds like it is?
Yes — several Edgartown businesses have been hard at work coming up with creative, tasty pink or green drinks for you to try and vote on. And since I do like a beverage or two, I had to explore some of these concoctions, and give you the scoop on where you might want to go first.
Now that the weather is warmer, I love grabbing a drink from the bar at Water Street from one of my favorite bartenders, Ben, and taking it out to the porch. After years and years, I never get tired of the harbor view that’s offered at The Harbor View Hotel.
To sweeten that view this weekend, Water Street and Henry’s will be offering a pink drink and a green drink. Let’s start with the sweeter of the two. Their pink drink is a Strawberry Basil Martini. Now I don’t know about you, but I love basil in cocktails, and therefore have a special affection for this one.
The Strawberry Basil Martini has fresh strawberry puree, basil leaves, vodka, a secret ingredient and if you want it a little sweeter, you can ask for a cotton candy sugar rim, which I skipped. It was delicious!
Now for the green cocktail, it’s a cucumber mint mojito. This twist on a classic is just plain refreshing. I like the little cool pieces of cucumber you get side by side with the mint. I felt a little healthier drinking this one because of the ingredients, but I don’t think it that will really influence my decision.
Their pink drink is definitely one not to miss, the Strawberry Rhubarb Martini. Just like a strawberry rhubarb pie is the perfect balance of sweet and tart – so is this. Their secret is mint tea and house-made strawberry vodka with a little strawberry rhubarb sauce added.
Once again, grab one of these and a rocker on the porch, and you’re in for a treat. Also, who doesn’t love a restaurant that makes their own vodka for a contest?
Eleven North has a pink drink as well, a little different though. Their cocktail is called the X-boyfriend. Here are some of the ingredients, X-Rated Fusion, Tropical Fruit Juice topped with Prosecco, and a piece of kiwi fruit to add a little green to it.
For those of you who may not be familiar with X-Rated Fusion, let me fill you in — this pink drink has a vodka base that is infused with Provence blood orange, mango and passion fruit flavors. Think about that with a little Prosecco and more – yum!
Now, I think the Atlantic’s presentation is quite remarkable. For their Pink & Green drink, the Simply Pink & Green Martini, they have Smirnoff Citron Vodka, Stirring Sour Apple Liquor with strawberry champagne infused Boba pearls. Oops – can’t forget to mention the strawberry on the rim – a nice touch for a truly pink and green drink!
What’s Boba pearls you might be wondering? Don’t worry — I’ve done the Googling for you. Boba pearls are translucent gummy balls with flavored juices in the center which literally pop in your mouth. Totally different from anything I’ve experienced before in a drink.
Of course Sharky’s has a clever, delicious cocktail. Their Pink & Green drink is a Raspberry Coconut Mojito. Think muddled mint, lime, fresh whole raspberries, coconut rum and a couple other ingredients (I can’t give it all away). I love raspberries, I love coconut and I love mojitos. This is a strong contender for me.
Don’t worry, not all of the drinks in the Pink & Green Drink Contest are alcoholic. Edgartown Meat and Fish is offering Pink Passion and Green Tea iced teas. So there is a pink or green option available depending on what you’re in the mood for. The nice thing about these options is that they are healthy and refreshing. I know that I am a fan of the Pink Passion!
In addition to the restaurants I mentioned, don’t forget to check out the Newes, and the Wharf. They too are participating in the Pink & Green Drink Contest, and I bet they come up with some tasty libations too!
How to Vote
In the Pink & Green Weekend Brochure, which can be found all over Edgartown, there is a ballot for you to vote for your favorite drink. You can drop off the ballot to The Christina Gallery, the Pink & Green Ball or at the Harbor View’s Sunday Brunch. Have fun sampling these fun Pink & Green drinks, enjoy the weekend and may the best drink win!
Jazz in Nevin Square
Before or after you’ve sampled some pink & green drinks, on Saturday from 2 – 4 p.m., join Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson as they bring jazz to Nevin Square, a perfect way to enjoy a nice day. Hang out for a while, and enjoy the smooth tunes by this dynamic duo, sponsored by PIKNIK, Point B Realty, and Sea Spa Salon.
While you’re there, stop by and see us at Point B Realty. On Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4 p.m., we are hosting an open house at our office in Nevin Square. Come on in and say hi, and have some pink & green inspired refreshments and treats.