The Coca-Cola Conversations blog is happy to announce that we have partnered with Chef Linton Hopkins and Mixologist Greg Best of Holeman & Finch Public …
Hey, How are you, My name is Greg Best, I
am a
bartender here at Holeman and Finch Public
House in Atlanta, Georgia.
I am going to be talking to you about Coca-Cola
and
how we use Coca-Cola in the land of Mixology.
Mixology is a hot topic in the food and wine
world. What is Mixology, where did the term
come from. It is actually and old which which
delineates the "geeks" of the cocktail world.
those of us who decide to take the ingredients
we are using to the
next level and erase the boarders that exist
in the cocktail culture
Coca-Cola in its application in Mixology is
actually incredible. Coca-Cola, most of us
think of it
as a simple softdrink, but it is a soft drink
with infinite layers of flavors.
and mouth feel so it lends itself well to
the art of the cocktail.
I am going to be working on a few cocktails
today with Coke and we are going to talk why
the work in each application and we are just
going to have some fun. So lets get started.
The first cocktail I am going to make today
is called a "Southern Cola." which we developed
here at Holeman & Finch and it has taken
off as one of our house favorites.
Very easy to build, very simple lineup, but
it is a tremendously complex cocktail.
the fun thing about this drink is that it
is just
continually evolving which we will get into
in a second
The first thing I am going to start with is
this "Georgia green" bell shaped
glass and we are going to add a frozen cube
of lime juice
to do that at home all you need to do is take
a ice cube tray and put 3
parts lime juice to one part water and set
it up overnight and you have lime cubes
the next ingredient, Amaro, Amaro is an Italian
herbal liqueur,
it has a tremendous eucalyptus and minty flavor
profile.
as well as dark caramel notes and kinda earthy
spices. Amaro is
generally consumed as a digestivo after a
meal to soothe the stomach
Amaro works beautifully with Coke because
it actually shares the flavor profile of Coca-Cola
The last ingredient, Coca-Cola itself.
now, as we mentioned, Coke has undercurrents
of citrus and spice
well, whats going to happen, as you can see,
is this beautiful foaming at the
top which is eating away at the lime cube
releasing all that citrus character
the idea behind this cocktail is that the
longer you
are sipping it, the longer it is changing
it goes from herbal, spicy right into soft
and sweet.
I am Greg Best from Holeman and Finch here
in Atlanta, Georgia,
why don't you come see us. Southern Cola.
Cheers.

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