In the beginning of December 2011 I attended the Swedish qualifying round of Bacardi Legacy here in Stockholm, and after an entertaining evening Jimmy Hult (Story Hotel) was the winner. During the last couple of days he’s been in San Juan, Puerto Rico, competing in the international finals – but earlier today it was announced that the winner of the competition is New York bartender Shingo Gokan (Angel’s Share) with his cocktail Speak Low. I’ve found two different versions of the recipe, but I don’t know which is the official one. Anyway, here’s one of them, and the other can be found at the end of the video below. Cheers!
“The inspiration of this cocktail is the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Japanese ceremonial activity, where one prepares the matcha tea, presents it and enjoys a moment of quiet. Having been a student of art in Japan, I have always been looking for a way to incorporate the tea ceremony into the cocktail. The rum is crucial to this – a spirit that blends well with the fragrance and the bitterness of the matcha. To bring out the depth, I also added dark rum.”
1 oz. Bacardi Superior
1 oz. Bacardi Solera
½ oz. Osborne Pedro Ximenez sherry
1 tsp. matcha tea and zest of a yuzu
Mix the Bacardi Superior and matcha with a chasen (matcha whisk) in a chawan*. Strain into a shaker and add Bacardi Solera and the sherry. Hard shake and double strain into an Old Fashioned glass and spray of yuzu zest on the top.
* Notes: A chawan or tea bowl is a bowl used for preparing and drinking matcha (powdered green tea) in the Japanese tea ceremony.