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101 Best New Cocktails: The Gentlemen’s Secret by Giuseppe Santamaria, Ohla Hotel – Boutique Bar, Barcelona, Spain

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

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The Gentlemen’s Secret

Adapted from a recipe by Giuseppe Santamaria, Ohla Hotel – Boutique Bar, Barcelona, SpainGentlemen's Secret

Giuseppe Santamaria, Best World Class Bartender Spain 2012, created this drink on occasion of the World Class Final, celebrated in Rio de Janeiro. With “The Gentlemen’s Secret” cocktail he won the Hollywood, Bollywood, Hong Kong Challenge, that had to be inspired by stars of the silver screen; a living legend or a screen god or goddess from the past.

He wanted to pay a tribute to the Rat Pack, a group of artists and friends who became a legend in the 60s, for the performances and for living life to full. At the same time, he wanted to play with the romantic idea of bringing them back to the Prohibition Era, where speakeasys spread around. Giuseppe created a delicious twist of the classic cocktail Rob Roy, using a unique blended scotch whisky, Johnny Walker Blue, mixed with some sherry wine PX that gives it a soft and mellow flavour of raisins, and adding a fruity cake flavour of Pear liqueur. The final touch of Lavender bitter releases the chocolate notes of the whisky and add a fresh and relaxing scent note. Perfect as after-dinner.

He managed to surprise some of the most renowned international judges, when he whispered the magic words: “This book contains the secret recipe of the Rat Pack, the “Gentlemen’s Secret”. They took the book in their hands and… What a surprise!, when they opened it, they found a hip flask hidden in it. Inside it was the cocktail.

Giuseppe Santamaria still keeps surprising his guests at Ohla Boutique Bar, every time he serves this delicious drink.

Note: As an alternative, Johnny Walker Gold can also be used.

40 ml (1.33 oz) Johnny Walker Blue Label scotch

12.5 ml (.42 oz) Pedro Ximenez sherry

15 ml .5oz) Pear liqueur

5 drops Lavender Bitters

1 lavender flower, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled coupette.  Add the garnish. (Or present it in a hip flask, hidden in a “Rat Pack book”.)

gaz sez:   I’m a sucker for this drink.  The flask presentation was fabulous to witness, of course, but like the Rat Pack, it was the drink itself that stole all the limelight.  Great flavors, and great balance.

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101 Best New Cocktails: Bloomsbury Fizz by Giuseppe Santamaria, Boutique Bar / Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain.

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

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Bloomsbury Fizzbloomsbury-fizz ©George Restrepo

Adapted from a recipe by Giuseppe Santamaria, Boutique Bar / Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain. (picture ©George Restrepo)
 

“This cocktail is a modern version of a Fizz. Its name is inspired by the London district where Charles Tanqueray founded a small distillery in 1830 and Tanqueray was born.

This drink uncovers the sharpness of the citrus flavour of this gin, combined with the summery, fresh notes of basil, perfectly balanced with the velvet warm of the port. Perfect at any time the day. (Cocktail winner the Spanish Tanqueray Ten World Class Semifinal 2010.)” Giuseppe Santamaria.

6 fresh basil leaves (reserve 1 for garnish)

20 ml (.66 oz) gomme syrup

40 ml (1.33 oz) Tanqueray No. TEN gin

10 ml (.33 oz) fresh lemon juice

10 ml (.33 oz) fresh lime juice

1 large egg white

Dash soda water

20 ml (.66 oz) ruby port

a few basil leaves, as garnish

Smash the basil with the syrup in a mixing glass. Add ice, the gin, egg white, and lemon and lime juices. Shake vigorously and double-strain into a chilled coupette.  Float the port then add the soda to the mixing glass to create a foam (in contact with the remains of the egg white) and float this foam on top. Add the garnish.

gaz sez:   Tricky little number is this one–I’m not the best layerer in the business.  Once it’s assembled, though, this is a stunningly fabulous drink—the T10 and the basil run a triathlon on the palate as they swim around and do a few wheelies before sprinting down the throat.  Masterpiece material is this baby.

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