Friday, March 5, 2010

The Black Cocktail Concept

So I was given the challenge to create a cocktail in the color black. This cocktail will be paired with an amuse bouche and showcased for the upcoming CMYK cocktail event (in conjunction with the Umami Festival). With such a complex color to work with I had to take my imagination for a dark stroll. This is my cocktail manifesto.

Concept for Cocktail Noir

It is a personal return to the color Black.

I see Sophistication & Fashion. I fantasize about the 80’s underground art scene and the lawless side of New York with its rebellious youth.

It was bad to be in Black.

When we go further in time,imagine Film Noir where there’s murder, mystery, intrigue, seduction, suspense and strife. Onscreen as the Vampires bite into their victims they open the gates to release this Black elixir of life lost and eternity regained.

There is beauty in the darkness of the shadows.

This cocktail represents those visions and each flavor represents a
condition when fused together creates a cinematic experience for the

Black Vodka* (sophistication/mystery in the color)
Sweet vermouth (seduction in the wine)
Blood orange (suspense in the citrus)
Black Pepper Syrup(strife in the spice)
Spray of Orange blossom water (is your first hint of intrigue)

* the “Blavod Vodka” is the only black vodka on the market. The vodkas unique black color derives from Black Catechu, extracts from the heartwood of Burmese catechu acacia trees. Such additives reportedly don't interfere with the characteristics of the vodka, adding no additional flavor or odor. Catechu also doesn't stain nor leave a trace of other flavours although does smooth out the vodka.

At your service,

The Boulevardist