If anyone knows about creating cocktails for swanky dos it’s Joe McCanta. As Global Ambassador at Grey Goose its his drinks that Elton John serves to his guests at his glitzy White Tie and Tiara Balls and who’s behind the delicious cocktails Harvey Weinstein and co. will be sipping at his awards season bash later this evening. But you don’t have to be a star to get in on the act, Joe’s Award Season Cocktail Collection inspired by the biggest themes of the best films from last year is available exclusively at the sumptuous Scarfe’s Bar at Rosewood London. Have your acceptance speech ready when you order.
The genre: Pioneering Spirit
The cocktail: Martini de la Mer
The storyboard: “Celebrating a pioneering spirit that overcomes adversity, our signature cocktail receives a maritime makeover. The Grey Goose Martini de la Mer invokes aromas of the open sea and is beautifully garnished with micro-shiso. amaranth and capers.”
60ml Grey Goose vodka
2 spritzes of ‘sea spray essence’ (Noilly Prat dry vermouth infused with oyster shells and a touch of flour de sel)
Stir and strain into a well-chilled coupette glass. Garnish with micro-shiso, red amaranth and a large caper berry.
The genre: Unconditional Love
The cocktail: L’Amour Moderne
The storyboard: “A taste of love in a modern age, passionate but bittersweet, with fresh, fruity notes.”
35ml Grey Goose Le Citron
25ml fresh pomegranate juice
15ml fresh pink grapefruit juice
15ml bitter Italian aperitif
15ml passion fruit syrup
3ml fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and double strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with an orange zest.
The genre: Futurism
The cocktail: The Cosmonaut
The storyboard: “A futuristic cocktail, the Cosmonaut is a refined and elegant blend of Grey Goose La Poire, ginger liqueur, fresh lime and cardamom bitters built over ‘planetary’ ice spheres. Inspired by futurism, the space candy rolled grape adds some playful glamour.”
45ml Grey Goose La Poire
25ml fresh lime juice
17.5ml ginger liqueur
1 dash cardamom bitters
Build ingredients over a large ice sphere in a spherical rocks glass. Garnish with a grape rolled in space candy.
The genre: Return to retro
The cocktail: Lower East Side
The storyboard: “A sophisticated twist on the most popular drink of the 1960s, the Harvey Wallbanger, this downtown classic is a unique blend of Grey Goose L’Orange, seasonal blood orange juice and cognac liqueur, with a slight drizzle of aged balsamic to give an intriguing gritty bite.”
35ml Grey Goose L’Orange
70ml freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 bar spoon orange flavour cognac liqueur
1 drizzle of aged balsamic
Build the Grey Goose L’Orange and blood orange juice, then float the liqueur on top. Garnish with a slice of blood orange and a drizzle of aged balsamic.
The 2014 Awards Season Cocktail Collection is available exclusively at Scarfe’s Bar at Rosewood London until 2 March. 252 High Holbron, WC1V 7EN. rosewood hotels.com