Tampa Bay Times: At Tryst, Our Ultimate Bartender Serves Cocktails with a Twist

From Tampa Bay Times:

Some call it the Logan Special, others the Logantini. At Tryst Gastro Lounge in St. Petersburg, Logan Owens will invent a drink for you, on the spot. Tell him your tastes, and he'll spring into action, combining fresh fruits, herbs and spirits into something cool, refreshing and appealing to all.

I dig gin, I tell him, and he's into it. "I got a good one for you that I've been thinking up," he says.

He starts by scraping fragrant flecks from the hull of a fresh vanilla bean. He mixes them with Nolet's gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, champagne and muddled strawberries. The resulting cocktail is sweet — it smells a little like strawberry bubble gum — but it's all right. Strong. Certainly like no drink I've had.

I'm pacing myself, so I pass back my glass half full, and Owens asks my permission to sample it. He drops in a straw and takes a long pause, gazing a hole in the marble-topped bar. Finally, his review: There's quite a lot of vanilla in the finish, and it's too "slippery" — it might need more champagne, or agave nectar instead of simple syrup, to give it more body.

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