I‘ve been checking out the new drinks menus from the P.F. Chang’s China Bistro chain, and I give it a thumbs up. A broader wine list, some nice cocktails, and attention to green practices make it winner.
One non-alcoholic item item that quickly caught my interest is a ginger beer priced at just $3 a glass (and included in some cocktails), made fresh daily on the premises from ginger, lemon juice and cane sugar.
Among the more imaginative adult cocktails:
• Chinese 88 Martini: Plymouth Dry Gin shaken with fresh lemon juice and topped with sparkling wine ($9).
• Platinum Pom Margarita: El Tesoro Platinum Tequila and Cointreau muddled with orange peels and pomegranate juice ($12).
• Twisted Whiskey Sour: Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Cointreau, orange juice and honey water with a dash of orange bitters ($9).
• Yuzu Ginger Mojito: Junmai Sake and TY-KU Liqueur with Yuzu, lime and mint topped with house-made ginger beer ($9).
Among the good-buy wines:
• MontGras Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2008 ($8 glass/$26 bottle).
• Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, Russian River Ranches Sonoma Coast, California 2009 ($12/$39).
• Vineyard 518 (an exclusive for P.F. Chang’s) Sauvignon Blanc or Syrah blend from Wattle Creek Winery in California ($7 glass/$14 small carafe).
And, among the non-alcoholic offerings:
• Auntie Chang’s Frappe: Fresh pineapple, banana, strawberries, oranges and honey, frozen ($4).
• Sweet Ginger Peach Decaf: Peaches and ginger root blended with Ceylon and Asian teas ($3.25).
• Jasmine Blackberry Green Iced Tea ($2.50).
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