As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off Thursday in N.Y.C., celebs and designers will pour into the tents at Lincoln Center to fete the latest fashions — but beyond the clothes, it's all about the cocktails.

By peoplestaff225
Updated February 06, 2014 01:03 PM
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As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off Thursday in N.Y.C., celebs and designers will pour into the tents at Lincoln Center to fete the latest fashions — but beyond the clothes, it’s all about the cocktails.

Whether the beau monde are hitting the afterparties to toast a successful show or heading back to their hotels to order martinis from room service, stylish sips are a fashion “do.”

To celebrate the week of couture, stir up a glamorous cocktail worthy of a standing ovation. Just for Fashion Week, mixologist Jean Carlos Parra of the classically chic The London Bar at The London NYC has created a runway-inspired menu, including the Red Carpet (pictured above), a simple but sophisticated mix of raspberries and vodka perfect for post-catwalk celebrations.

NYLO New York City‘s trendy new LOCL Bar is also paying homage to the style set with fashion icon-inspired cocktails named after the likes of designer Diane von Furstenberg and actress/shoenista Sarah Jessica Parker.

All three drinks are easy to make at home — even if you’re sipping them in your decidedly not-runway-ready PJs. We won’t tell!

Red Carpet Cocktail

Makes 1

10 raspberries

2 oz. blood orange puree

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. agave nectar

3 oz. vodka

5-10 drops Thai chili pepper-infused oil, optional

In a cocktail shaker, muddle approximately ten raspberries. Add blood orange puree, lime juice, agave nectar and vodka and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. For those who want a spicy drink, top with Thai chili pepper-infused oil.

SJP Martini

Makes 1

1½ oz. strawberry vodka

½ oz. lemon juice

½ oz. lime juice

1 oz. strawberry simple syrup (recipe below)

½ oz. elderflower liqueur (recommended: St. Germain)

Fresh strawberry, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry, if desired.

Strawberry Simple Syrup

1 lb. strawberries, sliced

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

In a small saucepan, mix all ingredients. Heat until sugar has dissolved, strain into a small pitcher and let cool. Extra syrup can be stored in an airtight container.

DVF Old Fashioned

Makes 1

1 tbsp. muddled black cherries

1½ oz. bourbon

1 oz. sweet vermouth (recommended: Carpano Antica)

3 dashes bitters

Black cherry, for garnish

To a mixing glass, add first three ingredients and stir, don’t shake. In a rocks glass, add bitters and ice, then pour in the stirred cocktail. Garnish with a black cherry, if desired.

—Brooke Showell