Alex Belmear

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THE CONTESTANT

Alex Belmear

Hometown:
Lakewood, Colorado 

What is the name of your cocktail?
Mile High Samurai

What’s the inspiration behind this garnish?
Mt. Fuji at sunset

What’s the inspiration behind this cocktail? 
The cocktail itself is a play on a Vesper, subbing the sake in place of Lillet and adding a touch of floral components from Creme de violette. The foam is infused with yuzu peel and the red stripe is a paste of freeze dried plum and Aperol.

What cocktail trends do you see occurring in Denver?
IPAs

Mile High Samurai

Recipe:
In a shaker with ice, combine

• 1-1/2 ounces Ketel One Vodka
• 1/2 ounce Tanqueray 10
• 3/4 ounce Junmai Ginjo
• bar spoon Creme de Violette
• 2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters.

Stir and strain into a cocktail glass over hand-carved ice. Garnish with braided pandan leaf, plum aperitif paste, and yuzu peel-infused foam.

 

THE GARNISH