101 Best New Cocktails: Golden Prestige by Nicolas Michel, the bar at the Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland.
“My cocktail was created for the Swiss Bacardi Legacy competition, and IT has been selected for the final. Inspired by the legendary daiquiri, I wanted to create a cocktail [that was true to] the roots of Bacardi Superior. A bit of history, a dash of nobility combined with an oriental touch. The idea is to keep the exoticism of the liquid that Don Facundo has bottled 150 years ago and just add a hint of originality,” Nicolas Michel.
50ml (1.7 oz) of Bacardi Superior rum
15ml (.5 ml) fresh passion fruit juice
15ml (.5 ml) of Monin gomme syrup
10ml (.33 ml) of fresh lime juice
1 barspoon orange blossom water*
2 pinches of fresh saffron
1 orange twist, as an aromatic garnish
1 twisted orange zest, as garnish
Shake over ice and fine-strain into a chilled coupette. Perfume the top of the cocktail with the orange twist, and discard. Add the twisted orange zest to the rim of the glass.
*“I just want to let you know that I’m using in my recipe a soft orange blossom water aroma (the brand is Vahiné ) and just a bar spoon is enough to get the good balance. So be careful if you use a pure orange blossom water which is going to be stronger… Use maybe the half of a barspoon,” Nicolas Michel
gaz sez: The saffron almost disappears in this drink. But it doesn’t disappear. And that’s the magic in the Golden Prestige. Well done, sir.