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30 | February 16, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger DINING OUT The Dish Bonefish fashions four-flavor drink in pomegranate and sage martini Bill Jones, Managing Editor When it comes to flavor profiles, drinks usually lean toward sweet, sour, bitter or, on rare occasions, savory. But instead of committing to just one, the latest cocktail at Bonefish Grill in Orland Park tries to capture all four in one blend for something that also plays to the hopefully soon-to-come spring season by being “light and refreshing,” according to managing partner Nicholas Kapellas. The pomegranate and sage martini ($9.10) — unlike some of the restaurant’s seasonal repeats, a completely new offering — combines Reyka smallbatch vodka, fresh sage simple syrup, POM Wonderful 100 percent pomegranate juice, Cointreau, freshlysqueezed lemon juice and Angostura bitters, as far as the franchise-wide recipe goes, though Orland Park in particular makes use of Art in the Age’s Sage liqueur. “The pomegranate juice is a hot thing right now, with all of the antioxidants in it,” Kapellas explained. “We try to use the freshest products.” The cocktail also may use the optional addition of pasteurized egg whites, which are designed to act as a flavor enhancer, bringing the pomegranate to the forefront and balancing the complexity of the flavors in the mix. “It also adds that frothy top to it,” Kapellas said. The finished mix is topped with a sage leaf not only for the sake of presentation, but also to add to the aroma of the cocktail. The pomegranate and lemon hit the sour taste buds, while the orange liqueur and syrup strike the sweet ones. The sage offers the savory element, while the bitters live up to their namesake. While the pomegranate and sage martini offers diners something undoubtedly new, it was inspired, in part, by the great success of the restaurant’s long-standing Bonefish Pomegranate Martini, a house-made infusion with Fris vodka, pomegranate and fresh mango. “That’s a huge hit, but we wanted to take a little swing on it,” Kapellas said. “Sage is a great fresh ingredient that has a lot of flavor.” The timing could not be better, either, for of-age guests looking to give it a try. The cocktail is already on the menu and plans to be around until May 1. Before then, however, Bonefish is running a “Martini Mondays” promotion through March 20, so diners looking to try the latest offering RANCH TOWNHOME!!! • Flat Ranch!! • 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms • Cathedral Ceilings • 2 Car Attached Garage • Huge Living room with Fireplace • Full Basement • Huge Kitchen with Tons of Oak Cabinets! • Sky Lights Call Gary Durish (815) 474-4447 OVER 29 YEARS EXPERIENCE! The pomegranate and sage martini ($9.10) at Bonefish Grill in Orland Park features Reyka small-batch vodka, a hint of sage, pure pomegranate juice and lemon juice, finished with a fresh sage leaf. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media on the cheap can get it for $5 instead of the regular price by visiting on a Monday. Best paired with ... While diners typically think food, then what matches it well for a drink, it is not out of bounds to handle that choice in the other direction. For anyone just dying to try the new pomegranate and sage martini, and then wondering what best pairs with the drink, Kapellas recommends Bonefish’s most-prized appetizer, the Bang Bang Shrimp. That said, with the complexity of the drink itself, diners looking for something new to accompany it are free to let their eyes wander across the menu. Prefer bubbles? For those with a preference for things like Bellinis, mimosas or blackberry sangria, Sunday would be the day of choice at Bonefish Grill. Among the restaurant’s offerings from 10 a.m.-2 Bonefish Grill 15537 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park Hours • 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday • 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday For more information ... Web: www.bonefishgrill. com/locations/il/orlandpark Phone: (708) 873-5170 p.m. on a special brunch menu is the “Endless Bubbles Brunch” ($19.90), which gives the diner his or her choice of eggs Benedict, Brunch Favorite or omelet, as well as an endless supply of one of the three aforementioned drinks. “Brunch is one people don’t realize we have,” Kapellas said. Endless Bubbles also are available for $6 by the glass or $12 with any entrée. Readers are reminded to brunch responsibly. Hurry, before it’s gone! Modern Pomegranate Martini Recipe Bonefish Grill shares the secrets to making a martini similar to its recent addition, the pomegranate and sage martini. Ingredients • 1.5 ounces vodka • 1 ounce sage simple syrup • 1 ounce POM Wonderful 100 percent pomegranate juice • .25 ounces Cointreau or similar orange-flavored liqueur • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice • 2 dashes Angostura bitters • .5 ounces pasteurized egg whites (optional) Method • Pack a pint glass or a martini shaker with ice. • Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake until icy cold. • Strain into a frozen martini glass. • Garnish with fresh sage leaf for garnish. Making a fresh sage simple Syrup Bring 6 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add 4 cups of sugar in the raw (for richer texture) or superfine sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 10-15 fresh sage leaves and let boil for two minutes. Turn off heat and let cool. Cover and refrigerate for 24-48 hours. Note: The sage needs On Bonefish Grill’s special menu — but only until it changes again Feb. 28 — is a black cod with miso ($24.90) entrée, featuring what Kapellas calls a “melt time to infuse throughout the simple syrup, so the longer you infuse, the brighter your flavor will be. Helpful hints • The orange liqueur (Cointreau or similar) is going to add a bit of balance to the martini but not a ton of flavor, so tweak the flavor of cordial that you use to best accommodate the flavors that you love. For a richer flavor, use a liqueur like Grand Marnier. For a sweeter orange flavor, use Cointreau. For something different, try Solerno blood orange liqueur. • For an alternate to orange liqueur, use St.-Germain elderflower liqueur or Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. • Without the egg whites, pull back slightly on the pomegranate juice, depending upon sweetness desired. • Do not forget the bitters. It’s a key element to the perfect balance in this martini. • For perfect aromatics, clap the fresh sage between your hands before garnishing the martini. This will release the oils and bring the aroma to the forefront. in your mouth” fish featuring a house-made misoyaki sauce, served with fingerling potatoes, fresh baby bok choy and pickled ginger. Life & Arts the Mokena Messenger | February 16, 2017 | 31 Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest draws hundreds of children’s entries Three Mokena winners picked from pool of 53 Bill Jones, Managing Editor Given the opportunity once again this year, area youths did not hesitate to show their love and appreciation for America’s armed forces. Publisher 22nd Century Media Southwest Chicago’s Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest for weeks asked for area children to download a blank heart entry form and color it, with all of the entries to be sent through an area organization to active military, as well as veterans. When all was said and done Feb. 8, the seven newspapers across the branch collected a total of 557 entries, with 53 of those coming from Mokena children. The Mokena Messenger’s staff judged the entries across three age categories based on creativity and neatness. The three Mokena youths who rose to the top of the pile were Giuliana Djikas, Mya Rompala and Audrey Feil. Each of the three winners are to receive a certificate for a free Kids’ Meal at Culver’s Tinley Park, 18248 Sayre Ave. Pictured are the winning entries of (left to right) Giuliana Djikas, Mya Rompala and Audrey Feil for The Mokena Messenger’s 2017 Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest. Images submitted “Exhibitors present an assortment of the latest services and 100’s of products “ - Since 1986 New Daily Lunch & Breakfast Specials Spend 20 - Get $ 2 OFF With this coupon. Dine-in and carry-outs available. Not Valid with any other. Offers or prior purchases. Valid Monday - Saturday only. 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