Owner and cocktail savant,
Flatiron Lounge, 37 W.
Cocktail Philosophy: Fresh, consistent, fruit-forward.
Biggest Cocktail Pet Peeve: Bartenders who don't rinse their
shakers between drinks. "You'd be surprised," says Reiner.
"I recently went to a very well-known restaurant, and they made
us cocktails in dirty shakers."
Craziest Concoction Attempted: A bright-green kiwi-infused
tequila that looked far better than it tasted. "I had peeled
hundreds of kiwis," recalls Reiner, "but the tequila just
overpowered the flavor."
Gin or Vodka Martini? Shaken or Stirred?: "When you stir,"
explains Reiner, "You chill without diluting." As for her
preference for gin: "Everyone is so stuck on vodka because it
tastes like nothing."