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While Lower East Side locals have been turning up at Melissa O’Donnell’s new spot, Salt Bar, for the young chef’s haute home-style cooking, they’re staying for the cocktails. Greg Seider works wonders behind the bar on Clinton Street, doing a “yin-yang thing,” says O’Donnell, shopping daily for fresh ingredients to spike his fabulously deadly concoctions. Take, for example, Seider’s Raspberry Chamomile Martini. Here, the wicked recipe:

2 oz. Absolut Mandarin vodka

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1 oz. chilled chamomile tea

2 tbs. fresh raspberry puree

2 tbs. fresh lime juice.

Shake the ingredients together and garnish with dried plum.

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