Recipe by Spencer Warren
Recipe by Mark Gawlak
1 1/2 oz. VEEV
1/2 oz. St. Germain
3/4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Jalapeño Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
Prepare jalapeño simple syrup by dissolving 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water along with one jalapeño, sliced lengthwise. Allow jalapeño to steep in syrup for approximately one hour; strain jalapeño from syrup and allow to cool. Add VEEV, St. Germain, lime juice, jalapeño syrup, and egg white to empty cocktail shaker and shake. After initial “dry” shake, add ice to shaker and shake again. Double-strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish.
1 Slice Jalapeño, De-Seeded and Sliced into a Curled Shape
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed eating spicy foods (I mean, like, really spicy). After I started bartending, it wasn’t long before I began experimenting with jalapeño, habanero, and other spicy additions to my original cocktail recipes. As luck had it, I was spinning dozens of ideas for an original VEEV cocktail around in my head when I came across some beautiful jalapeños in the grocery store.
I wound up heading home with some jalapeños and limes and got to work. I had started with the basic notion that I wanted to create something reminiscent of a vodka sour, and yet something totally different. I had already swapped lime for lemon and added jalapeño; as I poured these ingredients into my shaker along with the VEEV, I added some St. Germain to bring out the slightly sweet taste of the VEEV and provide a floral counterbalance to the spiciness of the jalapeño and the tartness of the lime. After adding a single egg white for texture, I finished preparing the cocktail and gave it a try. The end result was a cocktail with a light, airy texture, full of bold flavor, but one that still showcased the smoothness and full flavor of the VEEV.
The Morning Star (just like the ancient medieval weapon, it’s got some bite to it) is one of my favorite original creations, and I could not be more thrilled to submit it as my entry for this year’s competition.
VEEV, now 70 Proof, is a handcrafted premium spirit, that is infused with just the right amount of Acai and other natural flavors like prickly pear and acerola cherry which makes it a better alternative to vodka. Crafted at our award winning distillery that is powered by renewable wind energy, VEEV is distilled in small batches to ensure we achieve a perfectly balanced taste. The result is a versatile, full-bodied spirit with a smooth finish. So go ahead, cheat on the harsh taste and same ole boring vodka you’ve grown tired of. #CheatOnVodka