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101 Best New Cocktails: Bikers Grove by Jen Riley, Red House/Le Tiki Lounge, Paris

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

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Bikers Grove

Adapted from a recipe by Jen Riley, Red House/Le Tiki Lounge, Paris

“I was working for Candelaria at the point of conception of the Biker’s Grove and was invited to work for a large annual spirits event called Whiskey Live organised by Le Maison du Whisky in the September of last year (2012).  I was to be representing Tequila Ocho and asked to create a cocktail using the 2011 blanco.  I love the ideology of Ocho (producing tequila in the same manner that wine is produced and seeing just how much the ‘terroir’ affects the agave and the final outcome of the tequila) I wanted to create a fairly dry drink that would accentuate the earthiness of the tequila.  I played about with variations on other classics such as the Negroni and Manhattan but nothing seemed to do the tequila justice for me.  Then one night, rooting around the back of the fridge, I pulled out a bottle of aquavit and thought why not give it a go?  I immediately the loved the play-off between the caraway notes of the aquavit and the earthy spice of the Ocho, and so maraschino and grapefruit were added and the Bikers Grove was born.  I decided to express the oils from the grapefruit zest onto the interior of the glass, as when expressed onto the surface of the drink, the scent of the grapefruit overwhelmed the herbal and vegetal notes i was trying to highlight. Expressing the oils onto the interior of the glass added a fresh awakening note to the cocktail  without being over powering. I was also lucky enough to spend an evening with Tomas Estes at Candelaria.  Myself and my boyfriend (Joe) were out getting tacos there, when Adam (one of Candelaria’s owners) passed through and told me Tomas  was in the bar enjoying my cocktail and that I should come on through to say hello. We bobbed our heads in to say hello and ended up drinking a great deal of Bikers Groves.  Anecdotes were shared and the wonderful soiree saw Tomas and Joe arm wrestling in a candle lit corner of the bar! Brilliant!” Jen Riley

1 grapefruit twistBikers Grove

50 ml (1.7 oz) Ocho tequila blanco 2011

20 ml (.66 oz) aquavit

1 barspoon Luxardo maraschino liqueur

2 dashes Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters

1 green olive, as garnish

Serve in a chilled martini glass

Express the oil of the grapefruit twist onto the interior of a chilled cocktail glass, and discard the zest.  Stir the remaining ingredients over ice, strain into the pre-prepared glass, and add the garnish.

gaz sez:  Love the story behind this drink, and I’m so jealous that I wasn’t with Jen, Tomas, and Joe at Candelaria that night.  At least I’ve been able to sample this drink, though, and it’s a veritable doozy of a cocktail.  Ocho is such a fabulous tequila, and Jen merely decorates it with tiny tapestries of flavors that make this drink taste like a fine old country-western song.  There’s a banjo here, fiddles over there, a harmonica pipes up now and then, and you can hear washboards in the background keeping the beat.  Nice one, Jen.

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101 Best New Cocktails: Foreword by Nick Caputo, Eight Bar, Falmouth, UK.

Saturday, December 29th, 2012


Adapted from a recipe by Nick Caputo, Eight Bar, Falmouth, UK.

“Created by me, Nick Caputo for the UK Cask Roadshow finals. Simple and inspired by the Last Word. Works with many tequilas, not just Ocho. The first taste gives the ripe agave and saltiness of the tequila, which is balanced by the lime which then opens your palate to the pêche. Its sweetness lends body to the tequila and pulls all the flavour to the Chartreuse. The pepper spice adds depth, complementing the tequila as the finish rolls back to the tequila. Lots of length and flavour in the drink. Thought that replacing gin with tequila would be a great partner for Chartreuse and the pêche instead of maraschino gave body and balance. Left without garnish as the saltiness of tequila and pepper nose on green Chartreuse leaves a wonderful aroma. Enjoy.” Nick Caputo.

35 ml (1.17 oz) Ocho tequila reposado

25 ml (.83 oz) crème de pêche

25 ml (.83 oz) fresh lime juice

15 ml (.5 oz) green Chartreuse

Shake hard over ice and fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupette.

gaz sez: Nick has provided his own commentary for this drink, and it’s pretty much spot on, too. He has given me an opportunity, though, to reiterate how much I love Ocho tequila. Who would have thought that a man as old as Tomas Estes could have produced such a sterling product?

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