by Pink Lady
Bourbon Belle took first place in the Rain Organics Signature Drink Contest held at Persephone last Wednesday! We couldn’t be more thrilled. The competition was stiff – particularly from fellow contestants from Middlesex and Persephone – and the judges – Liza Weisstuch, Jackson Cannon, and Angela Traver – were not to be trifled with. Bourbon Belle remained cool and calm despite the pressure, turning out her drink, the Glass Eye (recipe below), with precision, poise and grace. (Perhaps her recent BarSmarts training had something to do with it?) We’re thrilled that David Sardella, the Patron Saint of LUPEC, convinced the oh-so-talented Bourbon Belle to compete.
The Grand Prize is a free trip to Tales of the Cocktail, where Bourbon Belle may compete in the Great Rain Organics Mix-Off before celebrity judges for $1,000 cash. Keep your fingers crossed for LUPEC Boston’s own. And next time you see her, do congratulate her on the fancy plaque she won.
THE GLASS EYE
2 oz Rain Cucumber Lime vodka
.75 oz Pimm’s No 1
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz lemongrass simple syrup*
2 slices of peeled cucumber
Muddle 1 slice cucumber in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add all ingredients, then fill mixing glass with ice and shake well.
Strain (through a fine mesh strainer) into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a thin slice of cucumber.
*To make lemongrass simple syrup
Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium high heat, and stir until sugar has dissolved. Keeping on heat, add 2 stocks thinly sliced lemongrass, cut on the bias. Reduce heat to low medium, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Strain lemongrass from syrup, cool, and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.