Cocktails & Spirits

Shelborne's Teddy Collins' Spring Cocktail Recipes: South Beach Sunset to Wild Flamingo

The Shelborne pool is synonymous with oiled-up, scantily clad, beautiful people lounging in the sun. It's also known for elite bartenders who tend to the the back bar. Teddy Collins has been a force to reckon with behind the bar for more than 18 years. When he's not pouring signature drinks named after James Bond's girlfriends (try a Holly Goodhead), he's creating crazy concoctions of his own.

In celebration of the season, Teddy created four new unique, colorful martinis. You can't find these pastel treats on the menu. If you want them, you must find him.

"The best nights of the week are Tuesday and Saturday," Collins says. "They are heavily promoted and usually attract 500 to 700 people each night. It usually has the same energy of a Winter Music Conference event."

Before we can ask another question, Collins begins pouring a series of brightly colored beauties. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to impress the pants off your friends at your next dinner party.

Biscayne Bay

0.5 oz blue Curaçao
0.5 oz triple sec
Pineapple juice
Shaken, served in cold martini glass
Garnish with blueberry

South Beach Sunset

1.5 oz Absolut Miami
1 oz Malibu rum
Splash of OJ
Strawberry purée
Shaken, served in cold martini glass
Garnish with strawberry

The Life Saver

1.5 oz Absolut Berri Açaí
1 oz Cerac Coconut
Fresh lychee juice
Splash of pineapple
Shaken, served in cold martini glass

Wild Flamingo

2 oz Cîroc Coco
Fresh lime squeeze
Grapefruit juice
Top with ginger ale
Garnish with cherry

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