The Phoenix Cocktail

The Phoenix Cocktail is a local bartenders creation; it’s a fabulous hot summer day drink with fresh grapefruit, a hint of rosemary and the slight spice of the black pepper. It is an amazing culinary cocktail creation.

Robert Porter is a house mixologist at the Jade Bar at Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  Check out Robert Porter’s Interview with me coming to Cali-Zona soon; I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime check out Foodable TV Across the Bar with Paul Barron featuring Robert Porter at Jade Bar.

The Phoenix Cocktail

His inspiration for the cocktail is from being raised here in the Valley of the Sun where he grew up. The pepper in the drink adds a little spice and looks like the ashes that the bird of fire is reborn from.  He likes to flame the grapefruit peel oil on the garnish with a match, adding a fire element to process.


Recipe: Makes 1 Martini

  • 2 oz Aviation Gin
  • 1 1/2 oz Freshly Pressed Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • 1/2 Clover Honey Syrup (1/2 Warm Water 1/2 Honey)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 10 Fresh Rosemary Sprig Pieces

Profile: Fresh ~ Original by Phoenix bartender Robert Porter

Glass: Martini Glass or a Coupe      

Garnish: Grapefruit disc with a rosemary sprig through the middle


Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake for 8 seconds with large cubes.  Double strain into a martini glass.


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