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Ocean Prime: Taste Indianapolis 500-inspired cocktails

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After enjoying a day at the track, take time to unwind. Bring your crew to Ocean Prime and fuel up on an impressive selection of gourmet appetizers, fresh seafood and prime cuts of steak. During the month of May, Ocean Prime, located near the Fashion Mall at 8555 N. River Road, is offering two delicious Indianapolis 500-inspired cocktails that are sure to put diners in a winning spirit. 

When I arrived at Ocean Prime, I was impressed by the posh, yet modern, atmosphere. I decided to take advantage of the nice weather by eating in their outdoor dining area. The friendly staff made sure I felt right at home and answered all questions I had about the menu. 

I inquired about their most popular drinks and they suggested I try “Berries & Bubbles.” Its ingredients include a mixture of citrus-flavored vodka, marinated blackberries and champagne poured over dry ice to create an effervescent “smoky” effect. The glitzy appearance did not overshadow the drink’s flavor; it was one of the most delicious cocktails I have tasted in my life. I was happy to hear that this drink was not a part of the Indianapolis 500 promotion and thus served year-round, giving me an opportunity to come back for seconds.

After ordering a salad and snacking on house bread, my waiter introduced me to the Indy 500-inspired drinks. Diners can pop champagne in celebration of their favorite driver crossing the finish line with  “Sparkling Grapefruit,” a fruity champagne cocktail. If you’d rather your drink mirror Race Day tradition, try the “Spiked Milk.” This vanilla-flavored cocktail is inspired by the long-standing custom of the Indy 500 winner drinking a bottle of milk on Victory Lane. 

After sampling the 500-themed drinks, I was eager to see what dining options Ocean Prime had to offer. I started with the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, one of seven appetizers on the menu. For my main course, I had a filet mignon. Served alongside a tasty loaded potato, the tender cut of meat did not disappoint. There are plenty of accessory options to accompany the steaks, including garlic shrimp scampi and black truffle butter.

I left Ocean Prime with a full belly and a desire to find an excuse to come back, if only to have a second taste of their tender prime steak and delicious “Berries & Bubbles.” Whether you come by for the perfect cocktail to drink while celebrating the big race, or you simply are looking for a new place to treat yourself for dinner, Ocean Prime is definitely worth the pit stop.

Ocean Prime

8555 N. River Road

Indianapolis, IN 46240

(317) 569-0975

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