People, who know me well, know that I don’t drink that often, but on special occasions I do enjoy a nice glass of good wine, or even better, a well mixed cocktail. A cocktail that is mixed by someone who knows what he is doing, and doesn’t look like a big question mark when you ask him for a (very simple) Old Fashioned or Sazerac.
Every now and then I challenge myself and ask for something new, but almost always, I stick with whisky or bourbon. Luckily I live in a city with a lot of great proper cocktail bars with some of the best bartenders in the world. In fact, just last week, Danish Mate Csatlos from Kabuku was honored the second best at the Diageo World Class competition in Mexico City.
The competition is for elite bartenders only, where the field of 55 bartenders is slowly cut down to just a few, who are competing for the prestigious title. In one round, they have to mix six classic cocktails in just 6 minutes – and we are not talking G&T of course.
Mate’s Chipotle Sundown
45 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
20 ml juice of pineapple, sucker and red bell pepper
20 ml lemon juice
300 ml syrup with Chipotle (smoked, dried chili)
300 ml egg white
½ red bell pepper
2 slices of pineapple
A bit of sucker
A bit of fresh cilantro
Cut your Chipotle in small pieces; place it in a sucker bine of one part water one part sucker. Slowly heat up the pine. Strain it all, so you only have the chili-flavored syrup left. Add the syrup to a siphon bottle with the egg whites. Sauté the slices of pineapple with half a red bell pepper. Add a bit of sucker and let it caramelize. Pulp the pineapple, sucker and red pepper bell, to a juice. Combine the Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky, the pineapple-sucker-pepper juice, a few leaves of cilantro and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake it well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top it with chipotle foam and fresh cilantro. Drink.
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