Michael Buonocore

Mercantile

THE CONTESTANT

Michael Buonocore

Hometown:
Camden, New Jersey

What is the name of your cocktail?
Everybody is a Star

What’s the inspiration behind this garnish?
You drink with your eyes first, right? I think of Tanqueray 10 as gin with benefits; in this case, regarding the bright, floral notes from the combined addition of citrus and chamomile. It’s like a show-opener; capture the crowd from the jump. In this instance, I do that through bright citrus shooting stars, dragonfruit, and horned melon. Plus, the interior of the horned melon might as well be described as “Tanqueray green”!

What’s the inspiration behind this cocktail? 
The song “Everybody is a Star” was released in 1969 as the B-side to the Sly & the Family Stone’s jam “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”. I think it captures the competition’s vibe and Denver’s bar family perfectly. Everyone really is a star and is single-handedly putting our city on the map. Plus, Philadelphia’s very own, The Roots, sampled the track on 2014’s “Star/Pointro.” Lastly, say what you will about the Zima, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it, and this cocktail reminds me of its better qualities.

What cocktail trends do you see occurring in Denver?
A returned focus to true hospitality; focusing more on making guests comfortable and “at home” through a variety of methods. Maybe it’s batching cocktails ahead of time to speed up service, like draft and/or bottled cocktails.

Everybody is a Star

Recipe:
 
• 1.5 oz. Tanqueray 10
• 0.5 oz. Chareau Aloe Vera
• 0.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
• 0.75 oz. lemon juice
• 0.5 oz. grapefruit syrup
• 2.0 oz. soda water

Add 2 oz. soda water to Collins glass. Shake, strain into Collins glass over ice spear.

Garnish:
Garnish with a wheel of horned melon, slice of Dragonfruit, slices of star fruit, and three “shooting star” citrus peels (grapefruit, lemon, and orange). Sip, Smile, Dance, Repeat.

THE GARNISH