A Glass-Half-Full Kind of Girl

This year restaurants will be taking their cues from high-gross films

Apparently yes -- or at least look older: The breaking trend toward drinking hard alcohol. Consumers have been requesting mixed drinks more often these days, especially following the attacks, and the restaurant industry has taken notice, predicting liquor sales to be higher next year than in recent history. Bon Appetit is already lauding the Delano Hotel for its caipirinhas and Ortanique on Miracle Mile for its mojitos. In fact given the culinary climate, I'm almost tempted to take Baleen's Robbin Haas up on his challenge: At the Miami Life Saveurs event for the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, he dared me to drink him under the table. But first I need to stop sipping the wine and cut my teeth on something with a bit more, well, punch. A drink that will make me forget 9/11 and yet constantly remind me at the same time. A cocktail named in honor, say, of the Twin Towers. A drink built for two, served in tall glasses, garnished with American flags. Could there be a better way to welcome 2002? Could there be a more perfect gastronomic salute?

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