I read about this cocktail in a recent New York Times article, and I enjoyed the story, so I gave the recipe to our bartender Crystal, and she made one for me, then we used it as a drink special last weekend. It is served in the Star Lounge in the Hotel Chelsea in NYC. The Chelsea is famous for the celebs who resided there-Edie Sedgewick and Jimi Hendrix to name two. When I was a student living in NYC and studying at the New School's restaurant program I couldn't really afford places like the Chelsea, so I would just have to fantasize about what it would be like to rub shoulders with the jet set. But we don't have to fantasize about the Startini, because we have the recipe and can make our own. And it is delicious.
1 1/2 part Vodka
1 part Cointreau
1/2 part Creme de Peche (we used peach schnapps)
1 part sour mix
splash of cranberry juice
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker.
Shake and strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a slice of Starfruit