101 Best New Cocktails: Voodoo Vie by Bystrik Uko, Oblix Bar, London, UK

by Gaz Regan · Friday, June 19th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Voodoo Vie

Bystrik Uko, Oblix Bar, London, UK

“Another interpretation of a world famous cocktail, the Mai Tai. If you are looking for a new mystic rum classic cocktail, definitely you should try this. And the Banana and Cinnamon Shrub is so easy!” Bystrik Uko

Voodoo Vie - Copy60 ml (2 oz) Zacapa 23 rum

20 ml (.66 oz) Monin caramel syrup

20 ml (.66 oz) Banana and Cinnamon Shrub*

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice

3 dashes walnut bitters

2 to 3 mint leaves, as garnish

2 to 3 caramel sticks, as garnish

Shake well over ice and strain into an ice-filled ceramic cup. Add the garnishes.

*Banana and Cinnamon Shrub: Combine 900 g (2 lb) chopped bananas, 600 g (2 cups) caster or superfine sugar, 600 ml (2.5 cups) water, and 3 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain through a sieve and let cool, then add 350 ml red wine vinegar. Bottle and store in the refrigerator.

gaz sez: Mai Tai, Your Tai, Her Tai, More Tai.  However you pour it, the Mai Tai spurs creativity all over the world, and if that’s what rocked Bystrik Uko’s boat when he came up with this one, his vessel didn’t sink—it sailed off into the sunset with a big grin on its bow.  And his Banana and Cinnamon Shrub is just fabulous—don’t miss it.

 

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