Drink This: Robin Antin's Signature Cocktail
by emma trotter
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As the producer of Matt Goss’s show at Caesars Palace and the owner of Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Los Angeles-based producer/ choreographer Robin Antin spends her weekends in Vegas. To get her through the late nights, she most depends on her favorite cocktail: Cat’s Meow.
“I start at Matt’s show and then go over to the Saloon,” she says. “Matt’s show lets out by 11:30 PM, so by the time I get to the Saloon, the girls are just about to go on.”
Antin conceptualized and designed the entire Saloon, which opened last June, and also had a hand in creating the cocktail menu, making sure the names and drinks were sassy and girly—just like her Dolls. We’re sure the next generation of Pussycat Dolls will approve: Antin is in the midst of the recording group’s launch and will bring them to the Saloon in the next few months for a guest appearance. One local celebrity sure to be in the audience is Goss.
“We go to the Saloon together all the time,” she says. “He loves the girls, and they love when he shows up. He likes Guinness because he’s British, but he would try Cat’s Meow.” Antin’s cocktail of choice combines equal parts fresh lemon sour, raspberry and blueberry vodkas, and Hpnotiq, which gives the martini a flirty blue hue. A dash of rock candy syrup and a strawberry garnish finish it off.
“I like sweeter drinks,” says Antin, who leans toward colorful creations (fruity vodkas and sweet syrups) with cheeky names. “I keep picturing a girl up on the club’s rhinestone carousel horse with a glass of Cat’s Meow. It’s so cute.”
1 oz. Stolichnaya Blueberi vodka
1 oz. Stolichnaya Razberi vodka
1 oz. Hpnotiq liqueur
1 oz. fresh lemon sour
1⁄2 oz. rock candy syrup
Add the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a strawberry.
photograph by william brinson, drink styling by mariana velasquez for big leo