By Alison Bailin Batz
Photo by Debby Wolvos
Founded in 2001, Village Tavern has stood the test of time (especially by Scottsdale standards) by serving something for everyone, from picky eaters to flavor-focused foodies.
“In recent years, developing recipes for health-conscious consumers without sacrificing flavor has been top of mind, especially in the summer,” says general manager Brian Harrington. “We’ve excelled at this on our cocktail menu, thanks in great part to all of our fresh fruits and hand-squeezed juices.”
The eatery’s Triple Berry Cosmo ($10), for example, is an antioxidant- and superfood-packed sipper for summer.
“We start by muddling blueberries with agave nectar,” Harrington says. “Agave has a far lower glycemic index than real sugar, yet none of the chemicals found in artificial sweeteners.”
Harrington then adds Absolut Berri Açaí Vodka, which contains no sugar and uses only natural açaí, blueberry and pomegranate flavors, as well as PAMA Pomegranate Flavored Liqueur, made with all-natural pomegranate juice, vodka and a touch of tequila.
“Next comes a hint of fresh lime juice and coconut water – which brings a real depth to the cocktail and boosts metabolism – then we add ice and shake.”
The final product is strained into a chilled martini glass and garnished with skewered blueberries and a lemon wheel.
“More than anything, it is a refreshing marriage of all the fruit flavors, without any artificial or sugary sweet mixers or fillers.”
Village Tavern, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.6445;