101 Best New Cocktails: Bittersweet Symphony Cocktail by Mariano Garcia Ibañez , Banker`s Bar, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, September 28th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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Bittersweet Symphony Cocktail

Adapted from a recipe by Mariano Garcia Ibañez , Banker`s Bar, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.

“As the cocktail was made for “Angostura cocktail challenge 2013” i wanted to find a way for using the bitters in a considerable quantity, so the mixture with the sweetness of the Cherry Heering  and the spices syrup was the key.  Some sour added with the lemon juice and the main personality by the hand of the Caribbean rum.  Why is it called “bittersweet symphony?”  i could say because that name fits with the flavours, but it’s basically because i love that song ;)” Mariano Garcia Ibañez.

45 ml (1.5 oz) Angostura 1919 RumBittersweet Symphony

30 ml (1 oz) Cherry Heering

30 ml (1 oz) lemon juice

25 ml (.85 oz) cinnamon syrup

15 ml (.5 oz) white and red pepper syrup

24 dashes (.5 oz) Angostura bitters

1 cinnamon stick, as garnish

1 Manhattan-infused cherry, as garnish

freshly grated nutmeg, as garnish

Shake over ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass.  Add the garnishes.

Cinnamon Syrup

1 liter (34 oz) water

1 kg (2.2 lbs) sugar

8 to 10 cinnamon sticks (depending on size and quality)

Combine the ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan and heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved.  Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from the heat, allow to cool, and store in the refrigerator.

White And Red Pepper Syrup

1 liter (34 oz) water

1 kg (2.2 lbs) sugar

70 grams (2.5 oz) red peppercorns

30 grams (1 oz) white peppercorns

Combine the ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan and heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved.  Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from the heat, allow to cool, and store in the refrigerator.

gaz sez:   How can you go wrong when you throw half-an-ounce of Angostura in there?  Seriously, though, it’s Mariano’s White and Red Pepper Syrup that pulls everything together in this baby.  It’s an inspired touch.  Try it.  You’ll like it.

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