Pohutakawa leaf tea foam and filtered ocean water spray
50ml Jim Beam Black Label
20ml Fresh lemon juice
5ml Fermented honey
Waitakere homemade Cola
THE STORY BEHIND THE COCKTAIL NAME
A toast to the West Coast! My cocktail is inspired by what many know as the drink of the west; bourbon and cola! My chosen hero spirit, Jim Beam Black, I believe really accentuates oaky, honey notes that lift and blend well with my chosen ingredients. Where possible, I have used my surroundings to promote sustainable living. I’ve fermented honey into a young mead that I harvested from the beehives on my property on Scenic Drive. I’ve made a falernum with added spices such as cloves, cardamom and cinnamon, and infused it with “bethels beans” coffee beans that are roasted in bethels. These flavours come together and create “cola” tasting notes. I added molasses to give it that dark, caramel colour, and fresh lemon juice to balance the sweetness. All carbonated to make it light and fizzy just like the drink we know! Topped off with a pohutukawa tea leaf foam, made with egg whites from my chickens, to replicate the foam seen on freshly poured cola and a filtered ocean water spray to make you feel like you’ve just stepped on to a beautiful west coast beach.