We are featuring Bourbon & Smoke by Cesar Castillo & Chris Chernock
of Asterid in Los Angeles.
They shared their inspiration behind the cocktail as well as the recipe.
This was inspired by Cesar’s trip to London and the memorable experience he had during high tea. The smokiness of the Lapsang Tea is a familiar flavor profile he’s fond of working with after years of working with Mezcal at Broken Spanish and balanced with the sweet complexity of cream sherry, the salty sweetness of plantain chip tincture and a hint of spice from the Chile liqueur.
Bourbon & Smoke Cocktail Recipe
1 ½ oz lapsang tea- infused bourbon
½ oz Alma Tepec Chile liqueur
¾ oz Sánchez Romate Cream Sherry
3 dashes plantain chip tincture
scant ¼ oz demerara
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir for 20-30 seconds, tasting throughout. Strain over a large ice cube and garnish with a banana leaf.
About Cesar Castillo
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cesar has been working with Chef Ray and Chris Chernock since early 2018 helping collaborate and contribute to multiple cocktail menus at Broken Spanish, The Prince, and asterid. Cesar has passion for food, drinks, cats, and finding new ways to take the beverage program to the next level, which is a quality that has landed him at some amazing establishments.
Authentically from and for Los Angeles, Chef Garcia’s Modern American menu and bar program is unexpected, offering contemporary sensibility, inspiring curiosity, and paying respect to the independent spirit of L.A. Culinary traditions and techniques are both cherished and evolved in imaginative and bright ways at asterid to share the spirit of its cultural home at this moment in time.
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