Don't let its girlish hue fool you: The Raspberry Lime Sensation ($9) from Pier W mixologist Tom Novak may taste gentle enough for a woman, but it's definitely strong enough for a man. Novak created the drink — freshly made lemonade, raspberry-infused simple syrup, and Rose's Lime — to highlight the newly released Crav Vodka, a premium brand created by Clevelander Tom Rini. "It's sweet but not cloying, and very light," says Novak. But it also carries the expected 80-proof punch, so "if you're a guy, you don't have to be afraid to drink it." Whether you enjoy it in the restaurant's stylish lounge or from a window-side table overlooking Lake Erie, the grown-up spin on lemonade is delightfully smooth and supremely well balanced. The ever-romantic Pier W is at 12700 Lake Ave. in Lakewood; call 216-228-2250 or visit selectrestaurants.com for more information. — Elaine T. Cicora
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