Pastries and Cocktails Work Together at Cielo's A Taste of Summer [PHOTOS]
Don't mind if we do. | Nancy Stiles
As you know, Gut Check loves desserts, booze and rooftops -- so we couldn't miss Cielo's (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) A Taste of Summer event Thursday night. The restaurant on the eighth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel hosted four of the city's top pastry chefs (plus its own), and we couldn't have asked for better weather (seriously, is it August?). Don't worry, we documented the sweets thoroughly for your enjoyment.
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Nathaniel Reid explains his dessert to some lucky guests. | Nancy Stiles
The evening began with Nathaniel Reid from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-863-6300). He whipped up some white chocolate yuzu ice cream with strawberry sorbet topped with a mini macaron. The mixture was perfect, and we may or may not have had two. It was paired with an Alper's Former Life, made with tequila, Sriracha honey syrup and amaro -- we weren't expecting the drink to be so spicy, but the sorbet was more than enough to cool us off.
Macarons taste better when overlooking the Arch. | Nancy Stiles Just add cherry. | Nancy Stiles
Next we headed inside to try a summer pavlova with lemon creme, brandied cherries and cherry sorbet truffle from the Four Seasons' own Mary Boehne. The best part, though, was the candied cherry that went on top. The cocktail was even spicier than the first -- the Unusual Margarita is made with jalapeno tequila, cucumber lime shrub and Cointreau -- so we made sure there was a little pavlova left!
The candied cherries were sweet as can be. | Nancy Stiles
Next: more macarons!
999 N. 2nd St., St. Louis, MO