101 Best New Cocktails: Barflies Cocktail by Adam Hrapko, Zuma, Dubai, UAE

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, March 15th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Barflies Cocktail

Adam Hrapko, Zuma, Dubai, UAE

“This cocktail is dedicated to the book about biggest icon of Czechoslovakia bartending. The book about Rudolf Slavik is actually his biography. He came from a poor family and always wanted to travel abroad he liked sun and sand but he never got there.  That’s why I chose Ron Zacapa XO as the perfect base for this cocktail.  Then I chose Pedro Ximenez because sherry is one of the oldest ingredients for use in cocktails and it nicely lifts up the taste of the Zacapa.  I added a neutral vermouth with almost no acidity and for sourness, I added fresh orange juice balanced with chocolate bitters. Serving over diamond ice which represents Quetzaltenango, the place where Zacapa is finished.   The link to Rudolf Slavik lies in his cocktail, The Leviathan which he presented in a competition on the ship, Leviathan, and won this worldwide competition.”

“Rudolf Slavik worked at the George V in Paris as a chef-bartender hosting famous artists, politicians, and investors and he was recognized worldwide in bartending community.  He was friends with Frank Meier for example, and he was famous for his international mixing passport that he gave to his guests.  That’s how he got his bar-flies sitting at his bar for ever and ever.  That’s why I named this drink The Barflies Cocktail.  Now Rudolf is more recognized by Czechoslovak community such as Alex Kratena, Stan Vadrna, Erik Lorincz, etc.”

50 ml (1.7 oz) Ron Zacapa X.OBarflies Cocktail - Copy

20 ml (.66 oz) Pedro Ximenez sherry

15 ml (.5 oz) Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh orange juice

3 dashes chocolate bitters

2 orange twists, as garnish

Stir all ingredients over chunk ice in mixing glass, strain into a chilled champagne coupe glass containing 1 diamond ice-cube.  Release the oils from 1 orange twist onto the top of the drink, and discard the twist. Tie the 2nd twist into a butterfly shape and attach it to the rim of the glass.

gaz sez:  This is a beautiful tribute to Rudolf Slavik, and it works well with, or without, the orange juice.  Try it.  You’ll like it.  Promise.

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