McCocktail of the Month: East Meets West
This is the start of what I hope will be a regularly occurring treat for both you and myself.
When I joined McCann, and began working on the MGM Resorts account last summer, it felt like a pretty solid match for my personal interests and genial attitude. Although I’ve never been a Martha Stewart follower, entertaining has grown to become something I enjoy a lot. The MGM team came to learn that in December when I dragged them out to Queens for a night of international bites and cocktails.
Cocktails, specifically, are my hobby. I wouldn’t call myself a professional by any means (I definitely don’t have the speed). But I’ve developed a palate for well- crafted drinks. Drinking $16 cocktails can get expensive, though, which partially led me to explore making drinks at home. After my first Sidecar, I was hooked.
The idea of the McCocktail of the Month came about as a way for me to share some of my favorite drinks on a larger scale than the friends who can fit around my kitchen counter. A real bar may be in the cards for me one day down the line, but until then, this will act as my creative outlet.
This month, I’d like to share with my first original cocktail: “East Meets West.”
East Meets West was inspired by my neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens, where the people and flavors of South Asia blend with those of Latin and South America.
Cumin infused tequila comes together with ginger syrup, honey syrup and lemon juice to create a full-bodied beverage that’s neither too sweet or strong, but comes with a bit of bite and is finished off with a paprika salt rim (it’ll be sprinkled on top for you).
East Meets West
2 oz cumin infused tequila (I use Spice Note)
1/2 oz ginger syrup
1/4 oz honey syrup
3/4 oz lemon juice
Garnish: paprika salt rim
The McCocktail of the Month won’t always be creations of my own making, but I thought I’d start with one. I hope you enjoy it at tomorrow’s HK’s Happy Hour. There’s not enough for everyone, so, it’s first come, first serve.