5 to Try: Exotic Cocktails

Alluring, sweet and downright dangerous: Drinks dressed to thrill.

Updated: February 24, 2003

5 to Try

Franklin Gardens

451 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

A giant, skewered, poached shrimp makes the Shrimp martini a daring, smoky crustacean concoction.

Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103

Try the purple, sugar-rimmed Ciroctini--Ciroc vodka, Grand Marnier and white grape juice--presented on a silver tray.

Hot Tomato's

1 Union Pl, Hartford, CT 06103

Patrons rave about the Espresso martini, a 10-ounce vodka 'tini shaken till frothy, with fresh espresso and four secret liqueurs.

Spris Restaurant

10 Constitution Plz, Hartford, CT 06103

The eponymous cocktail is a heady blend of fizzy prosecco, jewel-red Campari and soda water accented by a bitter lemon twist.