At Opa, Metaxa and Bluecoat gin mix magically in the Bekris cocktail

Posted: May 15, 2011

By nature, drinkers tend to move away from brown spirits when the warm weather hits. But here's a cocktail that, thanks to the unsung magic of Metaxa, manages to be dark and breezy at the same time: the Bekris. The folks at Opa, channeling all things Greek, have given a Hellenic twist to the Old Fashioned with this clever combo that mixes the lightly sweet, raisiny kiss of five-star Metaxa brandy with an herbaceous splash of Bluecoat gin for a lightening effect, then a smack of Angostura and Fee Bros. orange bitters to give it a refreshing citrus finish.

- Craig LaBan

Bekris, $11, Opa, 1311 Sansom St., 215-545-0170.

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