101 Best New Cocktails: 10 Bloods by Kelvin Wood, The Soul , Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, August 31st, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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10 Bloods

Adapted from a recipe by Kelvin Wood, The Soul , Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

10 Bloods Kelvin Wood

“This is the cocktail I created for the World Class Kick Off in South China, 2013 .  The name is comes from T-10 (Tanqueray No.TEN) and using Peychaud’s bitters as the color.  The story behind the cocktail is also about “10 years ” experience for me . . .  The Plum liqueur & the Monin Rose syrup release the sweetness to balance the Campari & the bitters . . . [It]smells & taste like a perfume , a little bit spicy from the tongue , the finish is extremely long & strong as layer by layer the flavor comes out,” Kelvin Wood.

45 ml (1.5 oz) Tanqueray No.TEN10 Bloods

15 ml (.5 oz) Luxardo Plum Liqueur

5 ml (1 teaspoon) Campari

5 ml (1 teaspoon) Monin Rose Syrup

10 ml (2 teaspoons) Peychaud’s Bitters

1 pink grapefruit twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled sherry glass.  Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  (I couldn’t get hold of the Luxardo plum liqueur so I used the Prucia brand instead.) This is quite simply one of the best gin cocktails I’ve ever tasted.  It’s like the climax of the 1812 Overture in a glass.  Splendid.

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