Marta Ess

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Marta Ess

Canada

An experienced bartender, Marta's cocktail is inspired by the theory of "golden ratio", defined as a combination of proportions that exist in an almost perfectly measurable ratio and therefore aesthetically pleasing or ""attractive"".

The ingredients in this cocktail reflect most closely the mathematical formula to recreate the golden ratio. The Golden Ratio is an irrational number just above 1.6 obtained when when a line is divided into two parts and the longer part (a) divided by the smaller part (b) is equal to the sum of (a) + (b) divided by (a). In this case (a) is the liquor amounts to 2.375oz and (b) is the fresh juice, which amounts to 1.5oz.

Post dilution, rich syrup is added to provide a backbone, a structure that's not necessary to achieve the golden ratio, but enhances it, making it even more perfect. Dry shaking and straining the cocktail can allow any at-home bartender to achieve that beautiful ring of microfoam that so many guests adore. The nutmeg plays off the pineapple and herbs in the drink itself. Every single ingredient and step is one that can be recreated by anyone at home. The idea of achieving a ""golden ratio"" fell in tandem with the idea of making this drink re-creatable, and therefore perfect, accessible to everyone.

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Winning cocktail: Golden Ratio
1.5oz Patrón Silver Tequila
0.75oz Martini Rosso
0.125oz Amaro Lucano
1oz fresh pineapple juice
0.5oz fresh lime juice
0.5oz rich sugar syrup (2:1; added post dilution)
Freshly grated nutmeg (garnish)

METHOD:
Build all ingredients, minus 2:1 syrup and nutmeg, in shaker tin.
Add ice.
Shake til chilled.
Strain ingredients back into tin.
Do not add additional ice.
Add 0.5oz rich simple syrup.
Dry shake.
Fine strain again into chilled Nick & Nora.
Place index card/business card/piece of paper/cardstock over 2/3 of top of drink.
Grate fresh nutmeg over exposed (1/3) surface area.
Remove card.