MY NAME IS RIO

May 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm

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Recipe by Sean Naughton

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. VEEV

1/4 oz. Leblon Cachaça

1/2 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curaçao

1/2 oz. Yerba Mate infused Cocci Americano

3 dashes Bitterman’s Burlesque Bitters

PREPARATION:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing glass. Add very cold ice and stir for 40 revolutions. Strain and serve up with an orange twist.

GARNISH:

Orange Twist

GLASSWARE:

Coupe

INSPIRATION:

I wanted to create a very spirit forward cocktail that would feature Veev as the star ingredient. The coolest thing about Veev in my mind (besides it’s recent jump in proof) is their efforts to support the conservation of rain forests in Brazil. With that in mind, I knew that I had to incorporate Cachaça, a tricky ingredient to balance in any drink, but a Brazilian staple.

I decided to do a play on a classic Martinez, so began looking for an appropriate aperitif to incorporate. I wanted also to use Yerba Mate (a popular tea export of Brazil and other South American cultures) because I felt it would add a nice woody quality to a cocktail dedicated to rain forests. I found that Cocchi Americano infused with Yerba Mate was the perfect compliment. I added a dry curacao to balance the sweetness and was delighted to acquire an Acai bitters in Bitterman’s Burlesque which invoked to me the abandoned dancing of Carnival.

The result is a complex, Veev forward, earthy take on a Martinez that features ingredients uniquely tying this cocktail to it’s Brazilian roots. Cheers!

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