Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Coconut Shiso Matcha Julep

I like a good challenge.  Maybe there is something masochistic about me, but I truly enjoy the creative process of making something amazing when I once thought it was impossible. 

Which brings me to this cocktail.  Everclear came to me and asked me to create a cocktail made with Everclear as the primary spirit.  I kept asking myself - why would you want to use a flavorless, odorless high-proof alcohol instead of vodka?  I chatted with a bartender friend about the challenge and he recommended that I make a Julep - the classic cocktail that is essentially sugar, spirit, and crushed ice, and the ice melts to make a perfectly proportioned cocktail.  A higher proof spirit would mean that I could use less volume for booze in the cocktail, and have more room for other ingredients and other flavors!

As you know, I have a longstanding obsession with shiso leaves, and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to create a cocktail with the delicate flavors of Matcha and shiso - a Matcha Julep!  With a generous pour of coconut water, a splash of Everclear, and a dash of Honey Water to sweeten the cocktail, this cocktail everything I hoped it would be: delicate, smooth, and loaded with the fresh green flavors of green tea and shiso - with a tiki twist. 

I hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as I do!

Coconut Shiso Matcha Julep
Created by Gastronomista

1/4 Teaspoon Matcha
1 oz Honey Water
1 oz Everclear
4 oz Coconut Water
6 Dashes Charred Pineapple Bitters
4 Shiso Leaves

In a cocktail shaker muddle the Matcha, Honey Water, and the Shiso Leaves.  Add Everclear, Coconut Water, and Bitters, and shake with ice.  Strain into a julep cup and top with crushed ice.  Garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple and a fresh orchid.

23.75 Proof per Cocktail

If you love this cocktail I recommend you take a moment to check out Everclear's Make It Your Own webpage - it's filled with gorgeous photos and delicious recipes for bitters, infusions, and delicious cocktails. 

Styling Notes:
Thermal Glasses - Bodum
Gold Straws - W&P
Wood Trivet & Wood Muddler - Pat Kim

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