What does Pharrell Williams drink while guesting on a popular podcast? His favorite cocktail developed by mixologist Willy Estrada!

While on the three hour interview with Drink Champs the musician brought along his favorite cocktail, Purple Reign. The drink comes from Swan, a Miami restaurant where Pharrell is a partner with David Grutman.

Swan Dining Room

Swan Dining Room

Photo by Photographer Anthony Nader from @52chefs

The beautifully hued cocktail is quickly becoming a best seller. We caught up with Estrada, who holds the title of Groot Hospitality Corporate mixologist, to learn more about the entire cocktail program at Swan.

The Swan Garden

The Swan Garden

Photo by Photographer Anthony Nader from @52chefs

Tell us a little about the cocktail menu at Swan?

We are all living in different times. Everyone has their struggles, the issues around us continue, so I wanted to bring a pop of color to the world we all can unite in. A place where a simple cocktail, a drink that brings a moment of happiness can be shared with the simplicity of sip that will brighten up your day and bring a smile to whomever enjoys the signatures at Swan.

The Swan Cocktails

The Swan Cocktails

Photo by Photographer Anthony Nader from @52chefs

What’s your favorite cocktail in the lineup?

I think every cocktail is fantastic in their own unique way. But I do enjoy the Kiwi sunshine a lot, I could say it’s my favorite from the menu. The combination of gin and sake with fresh kiwi and mint provides a delightful way to enjoy the cocktail for gin drinkers and sake drinkers alike.

When visiting Swan – what do you think are the top things that need to be tried (across the menu)

Every signature cocktail in our menu of course. Food wise my personal favorites are the octopus with chorizo and salsa verde, brussels sprouts and pistachio pizza, the short rib with Shishito peppers and the corn corn corn side.

Can you share a tip or two about cocktail making that you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?

It Goes back to as simple as the ice that is used. One thing I wish I was taught was how important size and density makes the world’s difference. Good ICE is very important for a well crafted cocktail.

Can you share one ingredient you love working with right now and why – and one you think is overrated.

Jalapeños are overrated. As a cocktail curator I use the influence of the cultures which inhibit in this beautiful city of Miami and remind myself of the wonders which the world has to offer such as habaneros, Thai, and Fresno Chili’s and what all these flavors bring to the glass. If you couldn’t tell, Chili flavor is my go too.

Purple Reign by Willy Estrada

Purple Reign by Willy Estrada

Photo by Photographer Anthony Nader from @52chefs

Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Shochu
  • 1 oz. Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Canton
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Yuzu
  • 1 oz. butterfly pea & lavender syrup
  • 3 dashes Free Foam 

“Our newest cocktail, Purple Reign, is Pharrell Williams approved and has quickly become a best seller on Swan’s menu. The mix of purple hughs and sweet notes makes it as beautiful as it tastes.”
– Willy Estrada, Groot Hospitality Corporate Mixologist.