This week marked my first (and hopefully not my last) major cocktail competition, and I am still coming down to Earth. From all the talent and energy at the event, to the inspiring cocktails, and wonderful support staff, it was truly an unforgettable experience. I couldn't have done it without the guidance of the Oregon Bar Guild, Steve at Creative Ice, and 5 O'clock Rocks. Without further adieu, I'd like to share with you my submission for Bombay Sapphire's Most Imagninative Bartender 2016: Par la Racine
Par La Racine is part of a French Expressions "Manger les Pissenlits par la racine" which translates to "Eat the Dandelions from the Roots". The only way you can eat a living plant from the roots is if you are, in fact, underground, and facing up. This expression is a nice colloquialism to describe someone who is 6 feet under.
My inspiration evolved around the concept that alcohol was used medicinally for centuries. By using blessings like "To your health", in French "Santé", and Spanish "Salud", alcohol is still used to celebrate our health today. The ingredients used in this cocktail were developed and chosen with quality and healing in mind. We will all be in the ground one day, we need to respect the things we take from the Earth, as we're all part of it.
Kombucha: Probiotics are great for the microbiome and gut health, aids in digestion
Lemonbalm Herb: Calming herb, used for anxiety, and as a sleep aid
Beetroot Concentrate: Circulation, blood pressure, and increases blood flow
Vanilla Bean: improve cognitive performance
Dandelion Root: Lowers inflammation, and boosts immune system
Flower Dew Essence: plant-energy, used for healing
With this cocktail I tried to combine my parallel careers in hospitality and holistic health, it represents myself, my experiences living in France, and my philosophy to "Eat & Learn, Drink & Learn". This drink represents all my aspirations to motivate people to care about what they put into their bodies.