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We visited Sona Creamery & Wine Bar in Eastern Market and sipped on its new Elder-Spring Royale cocktail (and some Prosecco). The drink was created by General Manager Michael Mlyniec, and is so refreshing it reminds us that spring is just days away.  Go ahead and make it at home.

Since Sona’s main focus is cheese, we couldn’t resist asking about a cheese pairing. Mlyniec suggests Evalon, a raw goat’s milk cheese from LaClare Farms in Wisconsin that’s aged for over four months.  “The cheese is tangy and nutty with with a fruity finish,” says Mlyniec.
“When paired together they bring out herbaceous qualities in the cocktail and butteriness in the cheese that isn’t immediately apparent in either.”  Cheers (especially to spring)!

Photo: Sona Creamery

Sona Creamery’s Elder-Spring Royale Cocktail

½ oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
½ oz Hendricks gin
½ oz homemade rosemary orange blossom syrup
Dash of orange bitters
Drop of hibiscus essence

Shake all ingredients and strain into a flute.  Top with Polo Club and stir.  Garnish with a rosemary sprig.