Margaritakis, the owner and bartender at Sparta, lets fresh blueberries marinate in vodka for two weeks, infusing the liquor with color and flavor.
The resulting martini, which sells for $7, is a heavenly concoction—sweet, potent and served with three intense vodka-soaked berries on a plastic skewer. No wonder it’s so popular.
“I’ve created a lot of martini drinks,” Margaritakis said. “This one satisfies males and females.” Using the same vodka, he makes blueberry mojitos with fresh mint. He also speaks proudly of his cucumber mint mojito martini.
A mainstay at the Sparta for decades has been the vintage paper placemats covered with classic old-school cocktails. Gin Ricky, anyone?
“You name it, I’ve made it—Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Tom Collins, Singapore Sling,” said Margaritakis. “I make a Grecian Lady, which is a gin sour with orange and pineapple juices and sloe gin for color.”
Sparta Steak House & Lounge
1101 12th St. NW, Canton
5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and
5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday