USA - East
Winning cocktail: Melipona Cinchona
60ml Gin Basket infused Roca Patrón Silver (Juniper & Coriander)
15ml Local Honey-Raspberry Tonic
(Cinchona Tea, Virginia Raspberries, George Washington
University Honey, Salt) - Carbonated
Half a Lime
Method: Build in Collins glass tonic first leaving all botanicals in liquid. Squeeze in lime, add ice and stir to chill.
Garnish: Frozen raspberries, Lime wheel.
Inspiration: Since 2008 I've worked with a group of people that focus on sourcing local ingredients based in Washington DC. A few years ago one of our restaurants started beekeeping on the roof of George Washington University creating one of the most "local" and delicious products I've ever tasted, GW Honey. I've always enjoyed the bright citrus notes I get when tasting un- oaked Patrón and pairing it with tonic is one of my favorite pass times. Recently we came across some amazingly acidic raspberries based out of Virginia that pair very well with honey and other rich and floral flavors. This highball is the offspring of many years of work tasting local ingredients from MD, DC and VA.
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