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Imagen Basic Creative Mixology Manual implemented - Part II

Basic Creative Mixology Manual implemented - Part II

George Restrepo

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Rule #4: write about your village and you will be universal
Said by Leon Tolstoy, Russian writer.

Barcelona punch cocktail
Barcelona at night was a legendary nightlife place of Barcelona, a transgressor cabaret opened during the last years of the Spanish dictatorship where the "iconic" transvestite Perriot used to act. By this time punches were also very famous and Barcelona punch cocktail tributes to that historical moment where Spanish society lived a complicated social and political moment where yet had the chance to share socially like cabarets (Tanqueray Ten gin, blackberry liqueur, lime juice, red fruits and fresh herbs).

Cocktail The Magic Fountain
The magic fountain is one of the most visited places in Barcelona for its spectacular display of water, lights, colors and music; it was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1929 that took place in the city. The cocktail imitates the way of serving the absinthe, and uses a recipient where the container is used to make a maceration of sparkling water and orange peel and tarragon. The absinthe teaspoon is used to separate the liquids that create the cocktail (Amaretto, Absinthe La Maison Fontaine, Fino, Tanqueray Ten Gin, Perrier sparkling water flavored with orange peel and tarragon).

Las Ramblas cocktail
Renowned passage in the heart of Barcelona where locals and worldwide visitors converge. It's an area where you can find the colorful of animal shops, human sculptures, artists, restaurant terraces and the Boqueria market. A feast of color and a mixture of cultures that inspire this punch (Buffalo Trace Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Kamm & Sons, apple juice, orange juice, apple, figs, oranges, strawberries and blackberries, stevia leaves).


Rule #5: divas and historical personalities as inspiration
Some classic cocktails are inspired in personalities and it is also a great creative starting point for signature cocktails. An example: Lucien Gaudin, divo or better, three-time Olympic athlete during the American prohibition inspired this cocktail with gin. Although very similar to the Negroni, this one has the additional contribution of the French orange liqueur Cointreau (gin, Cointreau, Campari, dry vermouth).
Another example is the Mary Pickford. Diva and Canadian film actress during the age of silent pictures, inspired  this classic with a tropical side using rum, maraschino, pineapple, and grenadine. The famous actress known as the America's sweetheart, won an Oscar 40 years after leaving her profession as a tribute to her career. However, with the cocktail tribute to her name, already from the bars was recognized her contribution.
There are many more cases, just to name a few: Blood & Sand, inspired by a film of the same name starring Rodolfo Valentino; Vesper Martini inspired on double agent Vesper Lynd co-star with James Bond the book Casino Royale by Ian Fleming . The Negroni cocktail, named after Count Camillo Negroni, who along with the bartender Arno River from the Baglioni Hotel will add to the American Cocktail, some Gin creating the mixture with Campari, sweet vermouth and gin in equal parts.

Slow's inspiration and its divos
The Discoverer cocktail
Down the Ramblas in Barcelona you can find a column of about 10 meters at the top where is the sculpture of Christopher Columbus pointing with his right hand towards America. The inspiration for the cocktail is actually a tribute to the person who generaed the production of rum for carrying, on his second trip, the sugar cane in 1493 (Zacapa 23 rum, Chambord liqueur, black chocolate liqueur Mozart. Cocktail aged on barrel for two months).

The Mediterranean look
In this case the cocktail came first and then the name. The cocktail had already proposed by Paco and Franky to be presented in a snifter glass lying on a frame without box. The Mediterranean look is the painting of artist Joaquin Sorolla, Valencian who painted in warm colors the dayly life of people and family of the Mediterranean (The Glenrothes Select Reserve Whisky, The Glenrothes Slow liqueur, orange flavor & black chocolate bitter chocolate & black, all aged in oak barrels for three months).

Marco Polo cocktail
Venetian rich merchant who after 24 years of travels crossing the Silk Road came back to his homeland full of treasures. The cocktail is inspired by some ingredients from the East through the Mediterranean (G’Vine Floraison gin, Prucia plum liqueur, Sake, Mangosteen pulp, pink grapefruit juice, jasmine tea syrup, absinthe bitters).

Rule #6: fusion of ideas, liquid mixture
Foodpairings, macerations, infusions, air, smoked elements, aged cocktails, using liquid nitrogen, creating foams, fire application, dehydrated garnish, creating homemade bitters and syrups. All these concepts and techniques are present in the new drink menu of Slow, where you can easily tell about the extensive knowledge in handling the materials, techniques, timing, spirits, and a great love for this work. A menu that includes molecular mixology in some cocktails, but taking into account the the molecular technique is at the service of the cocktail. A menu that has a wide range of spirits for every taste and an impeccable presentation.

Although it can be thought simple and easy to mix cola+rum, gin & tonic, vodka + vermouth, a flick of the wrist when taking the bottle or how to remove a cap, say a lot about the bartender and the passion he/she has doing that work.
Now, make a careful drink menu like this, with such cocktails every night, creative cocktails designed not only giving importance on the garnish or history, recipes well-thought where the flavor is the most important and what surrounds something anecdotic deserve many customers to come back asking by name some of these creations.

Long live Slow.

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