Dustin O'Connell

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THE CONTESTANT

Dustin O'Connell

Hometown:
Grand Forks, North Dakota

What is the name of your cocktail?
All We Do Is Nguyen

What’s the inspiration behind this garnish?
Something summery in winter.

What’s the inspiration behind this cocktail? 
Asian flavors in a classic formulation.

What cocktail trends do you see occurring in Denver?
Low alcohol, bubbles, tartness, and evolving flavors.

All We Do is Nguyen

Recipe: 
In a shaker combine:

• 1-1/2 ounces Ketel One Vodka
• 1/2 ounce Cucumber lemongrass agua fresca
• 1/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
• 3/4 ounce Thai chile Coriander Syrup
• 1/2 ounce Lime Juice
• 1/4 ounce Yuzu Juice

Add ice and shake, then strain through a tea strainer with a handful of bruised cilantro into a coupe glass. Serve up. Garnish with lemongrass and cilantro bouquet, edible flower, and Fresno chile curls

THE GARNISH