George Clooney's Birthday Party at Locanda del Lago + Recipe for 'the Clooney' Cocktail

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Tue, May 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

click to enlarge George Clooney is not just a piece of meat. - "CLOONEY CARPACCIO" VIA LOCANDA DEL LAGO
  • "Clooney Carpaccio" via Locanda del Lago
  • George Clooney is not just a piece of meat.
Still racking your brain over how to celebrate George Clooney's birthday this year? We know, we know, it's nearly as stressful as Christmas. Thankfully Locanda del Lago, the Italian restaurant that specializes in the cuisine of Clooney's favorite party spot, Lake Como, has you covered.

Today through May 7, (Clooney's birthday is actually May 6, but who couldn't use an extra day of Clooneymania?) the restaurant will be offering a special "Clooney Combination" at a price of $19.61, to honor the year he was born.

The restaurant, which treats Clooney a bit like preteen girls treat Justin Bieber (it boasts a painting of him on the wall), was careful to create a menu the eternal bachelor would approve of. His favorite meal is steak, therefore "Carpaccio di Clooney," or thinly sliced raw filet mignon with mustard aïoli, watercress salad and Meyer lemon confit, will be served.

Accompanying it is a cocktail dubbed "the Clooney," made with oro blanco grapefruit and blood orange from the Santa Monica farmers market, Aperol, No. 209 gin and St. Germain elderflower liqueur.

No signs point to Clooney showing up to this, though of course that's not the point. Any excuse to eat raw beef and toast a dashing gentleman is fine with us.

click to enlarge Does this scream George Clooney or what? - "THE CLOONEY" VIA LOCANDA DEL LAGO
  • "The Clooney" via Locanda del Lago
  • Does this scream George Clooney or what?

The Clooney

From: Locanda del Lago

Makes: 1 drink.

1/2 blood orange, juiced

1/4 oro blanco grapefruit, juiced

1/2 oz Aperol

2 oz #209 gin (or organic equivalent)

Splash of St. Germain elderflower liqueur

1. Shake vigorously and serve in chilled martini glass with an orange slice to garnish.

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