Mellina Borjas tended bar at Twilite Lounge for many years, which is one of Salt Lake’s classic hipster dive bars. But as charming as Twilite is, it is not a place for a craft cocktails. When one of Twilite’s owners bought the former Wasted Space bar on State Street to create International (thankfully! It truly was a waste of space.), Borjas was all in. “We’re working to create a five-star dive bar and a safe environment,” she says. “Get a shot and a beer or try a great cocktail or wine.”
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Its name, The Munson, was inspired by Borjas’ fan crush on Edward “Eddie” Munson (Joseph Quinn) from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. “He’s a dreamy dude and this is a dreamy cocktail,” she says.
1.5 oz. Russell Henry Malaysian Lime Gin
.5 oz. Cocchi Aperitivo Americano
.5 oz. lime
2 oz. kiwi juice
Mozzarella foam (below)
Chill a glass and mist with Cocchi Aperitivo Americano. Combine spirits, lime and kiwi juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice into the cooled, misted glass. Garnish with a dollop of mozzarella foam and hibiscus salt.
Mozzarella foam: Combine heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, buffalo mozzarella, softened gelatin, salt and white pepper in a whipped cream canister. Shake and dispense.
Try it at International
342 S. State St., SLC