This a little message from the folks at Imbibe about a competition with a rather excellent prize, unfortunately for my consumer readers, this is only open for folks working in the drinks industry and so the general public are not eligible to enter.
But as some consolation for those who are not eligible please scroll down for a note on a New York inspired cocktail just for you.
New York Cocktail
60ml Rye or Bourbon whiskey (we used J.W. Dant Bourbon)
20ml fresh lime juice
5ml sugar syrup
Add orange peel & lemon twist in shaker
Shake with ice & strain
The Taste (by Mrs. Smith)
The nose was delicious: fresh, fruity and sweet, but in a refreshing way that reminded me of fruit chews. After the sweetness, more genuine fruit notes came through: orange, grapefruit, lime and lemon all came to mind at various points.
The taste started off with a lovely lime flavour that has a sherbet-like sharpness to it. This then fades into a more weighty, but still sweet woodiness, followed by a creamy vanilla flavour.
The finish was a lighter version of the creamy butteriness that you can get with some ginger beers; the fresh fruitiness endures, however, and keeps the flavour vibrant until the very end. Lovely.