Somewhere over the cocktail
Story and photo by Jeff Guaracino
2008 marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Rainbow Flag by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco resident at the time. The Rainbow Flag and its six colors -- red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet -- a recognized symbol world-wide that represents the diversity within the GLBT community and acceptance.
On a recent trip to London, I stayed at the fabulous Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel. This uber gay-friendly hotel invented the world’s most colorful cocktail on earth called, “Somewhere Over,” in honor of the Rainbow Flag’s 30th anniversary and a nod to the gay icon Judy Garland.
The cocktail was invented by the Intercontinental Hotel London Park Lane Hotel Resident Mixologist Joel Lawrence. This cocktail made its debut in the United Kingdom in February for Gay History Month.
If you are planning your own Gay Pride party this June, try serving the delicious “Somewhere Over” cocktail and be sure to make a toast to Gilbert Baker.
Here is how you make it!
2 ounce Vodka
1 ounce Lychee Juice
1/3 ounce Framboise
1/3 ounce Grenadine
Dash Lime Juice
Dash Blue Curacao
Pour mixture into a shaker, shake and strain into a martini glass with 1 teaspoon of Blue Curacao at the bottom. Garnish with 3 Raspberries on Plastic Prism Stick. Add three twists, one orange, one lemon, and one lime, to the rim of the martini glass. Slightly stir with a straw to make the effect of the Rainbow.