Treat yourself to Birch’s guavatini

Like seasonal fruit in your glass? Give Gabriela Mlynarczyk's refreshing guava cocktail a try.

Now that guavas are in season throughout the Southland, mixologist Gabriela Mlynarczyk has added her signature guavatini back to the cocktail menu at Birch. She combines Manzanilla sherry, verjus and orange bitters with equal parts gin and a fruity guava consommé. Using the white-, pink- and orange-fleshed guavas she buys from Garcia’s Organic Farms, Mlynarczyk sweats the fruit in sugar water to extract the flavor. The result is a guava-infused simple syrup that is “a beautiful light, refreshing tropical drink.”


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(Photo by John Loo)