The vodka brand Zodiac launched earlier this month, and the first market to receive a bottle was Dallas, so good for us! They know Texans can drink. We asked them to provide us with a recipe for Cocktail Friday, and they tapped Standard Pour mixologist Brian McCullough to come up with this, the Star-Eyed Julep, to reflect the brand’s celestial namesake.
2 oz. Zodiac vodka
3/4 oz. orgeat syrup
3/4 oz. lime juice
Making it: In a julep cup (traditionally pewter, but anything in a pinch, even glass, pictured) add 5–6 mint leaves and muddle 4 or 5 times. Add vodka, syrup, lime juice and a small spoonful of sugar; fill halfway with crushed ice. Stir ingredients until incorporated. Top with remainder of ice, and sprinkle with nutmeg and more mint to garnish.