A Seattle-area bartender was inspired by the characters of Stephanie Meyer's famous franchise

By People Staff
November 17, 2011 04:15 PM
Courtesy Sazerac Restaurant; Inset: Summit

Before Breaking Dawn – Part One hits theaters on Friday, raise a glass to the popular franchise with a specially shaken Twilight-themed cocktail.

Bartender Jason McGrady of Seattle’s Sazerac Restaurant, inside the Hotel Monaco, was so inspired by the series, he mixed up a handful of specialty drinks inspired by Stephanie Meyer’s series.

And there’s a local connection.

McGrady’s restaurant is located in the closest major city to Forks, Wash., where the Twilight series is set, and fans pass through Seattle when they come to take Twilight-themed tours in Forks, he says.

“One of the most important parts of my job as a bartender is keeping up with what’s current and what’s hot,” McGrady tells PEOPLE. “And in this part of the world, Twilight is definitely hot.”

The bespoke cocktails range from the vodka-based “New Moon” to the gin and lemon-infused “Edward” cocktail, created by bartender Kelly McGilvray, which is pale and sparkly like the skin of the character played by Robert Pattinson.

Says McGrady: “As a longtime bartender I know it’s really about taste. If they didn’t taste good no one would order seconds. So after careful research – and tastings – I came up with a few I think might hit the mark for the most avid Twilight fans.

Interested in tippling some of McGrady’s Twilight-themed drinks? Find the recipes below:

New Moon

(pictured above) 1 oz. vodka
1 oz. triple sec
1 oz. creme de violette

Stir contents in a shaker and serve up in a martini glass. Garnish with a piece of citrus cut out with a star-shaped cookie cutter.

The Edward

1 ½ oz. Plymouth gin
½ oz. Licor 43
½ oz. Plymouth sloe gin
½ oz. lemon juice

Served on the rocks with a lemon twist