29/09/15

U.S. Mixologist Wins International Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition 2015

U.S. Mixologist Wins International Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition 2015

Las Vegas–based Mariena Mercer mixes up a winner with her “Classy Lassi” recipe.

Las Vegas-based mixologist Mariena Mercer, Property Mixologist at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, claimed the crown of The Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition 2015 with her “Classy Lassi” recipe, which recently took place (September 19) in Marrakech, Morocco.

Mariena Mercer, Property Mixologist at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Winner of The Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition 2015. (Photo on left: Prestige Wine & Spirits Group)

Mariena was one of eleven finalists from all over the globe, including the UK, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. Of the finalists, three hailed from the U.S., including Francois Morisson of Cherche Midi, New York; Bryan Gerrard, of Smack Shack, Minneapolis; and Steve Maduro of Spoonbar, California.

THE RECIPE
Mercer wowed the judges with her “Classy Lassi” cocktail creation, which was inspired by the Indian lassi milkshake.
THE CLASSY LASSI
2 oz. Opihr Oriental London Dry Gin
2 oz. Fresh mango puree
1 oz. Fresh passion fruit puree
1/2 oz. Yogurt
1 oz. Fresh calamansi
1 oz “Marco Polo Syrup” of green cardamom, black peppercorns, ginger, and coriander seeds
8 Fingers (or leaves) of lemon verbena

Gently press lemon verbena in tin. Add ice and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass, leaving the pulp and creamy texture intact. Garnish with trinket of 3 pieces of candied ginger with bamboo threading, a “hand” of lemon verbena, a caramelized orange chip brushed with “Snake Oil” made from eucalyptus, white ginger, and vanilla aromas.

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