Untitled-1Not so traditional ingredients are making their way on to cocktail menus. Refreshing and unique combinations like basil and strawberry are unexpected and delicious. Pizza Gallery & Grill offers guests plenty of creative concoctions.

Here’s a preview of just one of their artistic drink recipes.


Bella Rosa

1 1/2 ounce Ketel One vodka

1 sugar cube

2 lemon wedges

3 basil leaves

1 ounce strawberry puree

Soda Water

Preparation: Muddle first five ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and top with soda. Shake and serve in a chilled glass. Garnish with a strawberry, fresh basil leaves, a slice of lime and a lemon twist.

Getting to Know: Ericka Heinly


Ericka Heinly

Ericka Heinly had a hand in creating all of the drinks for the restaurant’s latest menu, including new favorites such as The Bella Rosa, an Italian take on the mojito, and the Michelangelo Rita, a mango basil jalapeno margarita.

At Pizza Gallery & Grill, Ericka serves not only as a bartender, but also as the restaurant’s bar manager and event specialist. Her favorite part of it all is “making people happy.”

Pizza Gallery & Grill
2250 Town Center Ave., Viera
(321) 633-0397