101 Best New Cocktails: Camouflage, Simone Caporale, Artesian Bar, Langham Hotel, London, UK

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, November 9th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

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Simone Caporale, Artesian Bar, Langham Hotel, London, UK

“Nothing is what it seems! Pineapple, the symbol of hospitality is hiding the most unexpected flavor combinations!” Simone Caporale

40 ml (1.3 oz) ginCamouflage Simone Caporale

30 ml (1 oz) Americano Cocchi

40 ml (1.3 oz) carrot juice

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice

15 ml (.5 oz) sandalwood syrup

40 ml (1.3 oz) kombucha tea

1 dash grapefruit bitters

1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

1 pcs sandalwood incense

1 orange slice

1 incense stick

Shake all the ingredients apart from the orange, incense stick and kombucha tea  over ice, then fine-strain into a metal pineapple.  Top with the kombucha tea a,d, using the orange slice as a stand, place the incense stick in the vessel and light it.  Put the top on the pineapple and serve the drink.

Sandalwood Syrup

500 grams (2.5 cups) granulated sugar

250 ml (1 cup) water

5 drops sandalwood oil

In nonreactive pan over a medium heat, combine the water with the sugar and the oil.   Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, and when the sugar is dissolved remove the pan from the heat.   Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature and store it in an air tight container.

gaz sez:  I doubt that many of you have a metal pineapple lying around, but you might want to fashion some sort of closeable container (a Cobbler shaker might do the trick) just so you can sample this pretty remarkable cocktail from the bar that won the “Best Bar in the World ward in 2013 and 2014.  Simone really knows what he’s doing, and I love that he ventures into the unknown to bring us incredible treats such as Camouflage.

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