101 Best New Cocktails: Cuzco Humming Bird by Moses Laboy, Los Americanos, New York.

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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Cuzco Humming Bird

Cuzco Humming Bird Moses

Adapted from a recipe by Moses Laboy, Los Americanos, New York.

“This a fantastic, refreshing cocktail with a nice energy kick 🙂  I hope to see my cocktail/name among the other great 100 cocktails,” Moses Laboy.

60 ml (2oz) Pisco brandyCuzco Humming Bird

22.5 ml (.75 oz) coca-tea simple syrup*

7.5 ml (.25 oz) mint simple syrup

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juice

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 fresh mint sprig, as garnish

Pour into a large tiki/piragua glass.  Add crushed ice, swizzle, top with more ice, garnish and serve.

*Coca-Tea Simple Syrup

Infuse 10 Coca tea bags and 2 yerba mate tea bags in .6 litre (2 1/2 cups) boiling water, and add .3 liter (1 1/3 cups) granulated sugar, and stir to dissolve.  Allow to cool to room temperature, remove the tea bags, and store in the refrigerator.

gaz sez:   I had no idea that coca tea was legal here in the USA, and boy, oh boy, does it work well in this drink.  Brings back fabulous memories of the Urubamba Valley when I visited Peru with Diego and Elisa Loret de Mola a few years ago. I’ll be sipping this one on a regular basis.

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