Chef Philip McGrath of Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville is among the best-liked and most respected chefs in the Hudson Valley. In 1998, he took over Pleasantville's dilapidated train station, converting it into a smart and upbeat restaurant serving French-accented American fare. And it's been packed ever since.

As a patriotic gesture, three of his recipe ingredients are made in the Hudson Valley. Comb vodka is distilled in Port Chester and can be found at certain liquor stores in southern Westchester (you can use any vodka). Killer Bee Honey, from Putnam County, can be found at a number of farmers' markets, as can Thompson's Apple Cider.


1 1/2 ounce Comb vodka (or vodka of choice)

1 1/2 ounce Thompson's apple cider (or other fresh cider)

1/2 teaspoon Killer Bee Honey (or honey of choice)

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Juice of one lime wedge

1 cinnamon stick

1 thin slice of apple


1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice (or a large glass). Add the vodka, cider, honey and lime. Shake well.

2. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Iron Horse Grill is located at 20 Wheeler Ave. in Pleasantville; 914-741-0717;