By Emre Bilgin
"I work at a cocktail bar located in a residential Istanbul neighbourhood. Our customers are also our neighbours, and we interact on their way home from work or on their way out for a night on the town. Unfortunately, since the pandemic, our neighbourhood has fallen on tough times and people from all walks of life might need a helping hand.
I realized that we all tend to have big smiles at the end of a nice and relaxing shave. For my project, I was inspired by one of the cleanest-shaven faces I have ever seen; the face of Ketel One's Bob Nolet. That is why I named it Bob's Beard.
Using the coffee from our own roastery, I was able to create a Ketel One cocktail which was inspired by the Espresso Martini. With its shaving foam-like garnish, Bob's Beard comes along with a coaster which could be used as a token for a free shave.
For this project, I collaborated with one of the local barber shops in my district, the Artizan Barbershop. Anyone with the token could get a free shave at the Artizan or you could visit the shop and request a shave using the tokens hooked up on the hanger.
The project got very positive reactions from our customers since it gave them an opportunity to not only support our local barber shop but also to be a part of a project which aims to help anonymous people.
Glassware: Ceramic shave bowl
Garnish: Vanilla and coconut foam
Method: Stir, strain over ice and layer with foam
45 ml Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
60 ml Geyik Coffee Cold Brew
To make Geyik Coffee Cold Brew:
50gr Grinded Colombia Supremo
500ml Cold water
150ml Framboise eau-de-vie
150ml Creme de banane liqueur
150ml Creme de cacao dark liqueur
In a jar, stir together roasted Colombia Supremo and water. Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for one day. Strain twice through a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Combine the strained cold brew coffee and the other ingredients in a glass bottle.
Foam Spec: Infused the vanilla beans to dairy and blend with coconut milk. Pour the blended milk to the cream siphon. Place N2O cartridge in to the charger and screw tightly. Chill the whipper in a refrigerator. After 1 hour it's ready to whip on a cocktail."