Elyse Kimmel

Green Russell

THE CONTESTANT

Elyse Kimmel

Hometown:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What is the name of your cocktail?
Jakku and the Beanstalk

What’s the inspiration behind this garnish?
Japanese zen meets whimsical dreamworld, or Jakku’s mission up the beanstalk. The cocktail is placed among a scene of minimalistic miniatures with a green bean adorned straw exploding through a cloud of hibiscus gin-infused cotton candy clouds into a dreamy sky of lychee gummy stars and a mist of edible glitter.

What’s the inspiration behind this cocktail? 
Bringing the essence of Japanese cuisine to scotch, a spirit which originally inspired the distillation of Japanese whisky. The collection of quintessential Asian flavors ignites the senses to create a foreign experience reminiscent of a dream.

What cocktail trends do you see occurring in Denver?
Above and beyond experimentation. Everyone is attempting to have the most exotic ingredient or original serving method which results in an eclectic mix of cocktails throughout the city.

Jakku and the Beanstalk

Recipe:
In a shaker, combine:

• 2 ounces pork ramen-infused Talisker 10 Year
• 3/4 ounce housemade Carrot Sesame Cordial
• 3/4 ounce housemade Ginger Bean Sprout Simple Syrup
• 3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake and strain over cracked ice into a collins glass. Garnish with a green bean adorned crazy straw, a cloud of hibiscus gin-infused cotton candy, Ketel One-infused lychee gummy stars, and a mist of edible glitter.

THE GARNISH