Cocktails at Carlton's Capitano

Words by Jane Ryan & Darren Leaney

Photography by Parker Blain

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A step-by-step guide to three of Capitano's most popular cocktails from 2020 - the Tiramisu Milk Punch, the Peanut Butter & Miso Old Fashioned and the Olive Oil Martini. Courtesy of Darren Leaney.

Tiramisu Milk Punch

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Shopping List:
140g cacao nibs
700ml Plantation Dark rum - new name was T.B.C at time of writing
300g lady finger / savoiardi biscuits
1500ml full cream milk
120ml cold filter coffee
187.5ml Pennyweight muscat
45ml gomme syrup
45ml Mr Black coffee liqueur
6g lactic acid
800ml empty bottle
Coffee filters
Large zip lock bags

Method:FIRST STEP, make the cocoa rum. Seal a large zip lock bag with the 140g cacao nibs and 700ml plantation dark rum. If your bag isn't big enough do it in batches. Cook sous vide for 30 min at 52 degrees. Chill and strain through a chinois.

SECOND STEP, make the Savoiardi milk. Crush 300g of lady finger biscuits then pour 1500ml full cream milk over them, infuse for one hour then strain through a chinois.

THIRD STEP, combine the following in a jug, stir to combine:
90ml cocoa rum
120ml cold filter coffee
187.5ml pennyweight muscat
45ml gomme syrup
45ml Mr Black coffee liqueur
30ml lactic acid solution (6g lactic acid to 60g filtered water, stir to dissolve)

Now add 525ml of your Savoiardi milk, stir in gently to ‘mop up’ the curds. Leave it to split for 10 minutes and then strain through coffee filter paper into a bottle. Shelf life should last a year.

To Serve:
75ml Tiramisu Milk Punch
POUR into a chilled rocks glass over ice. No garnish.

Peanut Butter & Miso Old Fashioned

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Shopping List
140g smooth peanut butter
350ml Appleton Estate VX rum
350ml Goslings Black Seal rum
300g miso paste
3 egg whites
600ml filtered water
350g caster sugar
Angostura Aromatic bitters
Oil filter
Coffee filter

Method: FIRST STEP, make the peanut butter rum. Spread 140g of smooth peanut butter thinly over the base of a large pan. Gently pour the rums (350ml Appleton VX and 350ml Goslings) over the top and cover with clingfilm. Leave to infuse at room temp overnight, then chill in fridge. Pour through oil filter and bottle.

SECOND STEP, make the miso syrup. Add 300g of miso and 500ml of filtered water to a saucepan and put on low heat. Stir to dissolve the miso and then add 3 egg whites and another 100ml of filtered water, and put on medium heat. Stir (gently) occasionally and once raft has formed pour through coffee filter. The consommé coming though should be crystal clear. Measure 350ml of the miso consommé and add 350g caster sugar. Stir to dissolve.

To Serve:
60ml peanut butter rum
15ml miso syrup
2 dashes saline (10:1) or a pinch of salt
5 dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters.

STIR over ice until chilled and diluted. STRAIN over ice in a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange zest.

Olive Oil Martini

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Shopping List
175ml extra virgin olive oil
700ml Melbourne Gin Company dry gin
olive leaves
100ml Orange Bitters
Dry vermouth
Coffee filters
Large zip lock bags

Method: STEP ONE, make the olive oil gin. Add 175ml extra virgin olive oil and 700ml Melbourne Gin Company dry gin to a large zip lock bag (or split into two if you can't find a big enough bag) and seal. Leave to infuse for 24 hours and then chill in an ice bath and then in freezer. Pass through a coffee filter paper.

STEP TWO, make the olive leaf bitters. Add 25g dried olive leaves and 100ml orange bitters to zip lock bag and seal. Cook for 60 minutes at 52C. Chill in an ice bath and pass through a fine strainer.

To Serve:
50ml olive oil washed gin
3 dashes olive leaf bitters
15ml dry vermouth (Noilly or Martini Dry)

ADD all to tin over ice, STIR until chilled. STRAIN into chilled coupe. GARNISH with 2 Sicilian olives and a lemon zest (discard).

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