Our next Bacardi Legacy finalist comes from Ireland and only just won through from the regional heats last week. Darren Costello works at the Brasserie on the Corner in Galway and has a great story behind his cocktail: Homage to Sitges.
Homage to Sitges
50ml Bacardi Superior
30ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
15ml Orgeat Syrup
Method: Shake all the ingredients over ice and double strain into a coupette. Garnish with a piece of red chilli.
Darren tells us a little about himself and his inspiration for his drink:
The inspiration for my cocktail stems from a quote from American designer Jac Vanec:
"You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, and the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, breath of the fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner.
You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life"
I am a firm believer in the theory that every experience you have had in life has led you to the point where you are now, and Don Facundo Bacardi is no exception. Born in 1814 in the town of Sitges in Spain, it wasn’t until 1830 that he immigrated to Cuba. That’s a full 16 years of life experiences that set him on the path he was to travel. By the time he followed his brothers to Cuba, he already had in him the drive and determination to do great things in life, and I believe that the town of Sitges deserves recognition. This is the place that turned him into the man that would set the world standard for rum production for the next 150 years.
We cut to modern day Sitges, and there they have a specific dish known as Xato, which they are particularly known for. It is a fish salad, but what sets it apart is its phenomenal sauce. This sauce is made up of chillies, almonds, olive oil and salt and these are the ingredients I have used to create my cocktail.
I get the feeling that the team at the Brasserie on the Corner will be shouting for their man this Thursday – check them out on Facebook and Twitter
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