Some people are emotional drinkers. They drink when they’re happy. They drink when they’re sad. They drink when they’re feeling slightly excited with just a hint of nostalgia and a dash of depression. This drink is not for them.
For the Emotion in a Glass bartender competition from Russian Standard Vodka and the United States Bartender Guild, mixologists around the country were asked to create a cocktail that channeled a specific emotion. The Cosmopolitan Chandelier bar’s Jason Hughes placed in the top 5 with his sensuality-inspired sipper, the Sexual Tea-sion, a bright, refreshing blend of papaya puree, vodka, jasmine liqueur and homemade tea simple syrup that’s served garnished with candied violets.
“As young guys growing up, the first thing on our minds is usually sex,” says Hughes. “When you open up a white papaya it looks ... female.”
If that sounds a little salacious for you, Hughes has other ideas. The Vegas native suggests something bubbly if you’re feeling excited and a dessert cocktail, perhaps with Bailey’s, if you’re feeling lonely. But most of all, he suggests ordering something seasonal the next time you spot his mohawk on the Chandelier’s middle level. Ingredients like cherries, mangosteen and kaffir lime are at their best right now, says Hughes, who frequents Asian and ethnic markets in search of exotic fruit and tasty ideas. “I really attack those kinds of flavors.”
1.5 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 oz. Fresh papaya puree
1 oz. homemade Lavender Dreams and blackberry mojito tea syrup (a simple syrup made with Teavana’s Lavender Dreams and blackberry mojito teas)
1.25 oz. Theia organic jasmine liqueur
.25 oz. Fresh lemon juice
Atomized lavender spiced bitters
Method: Add all ingredients into mixing glass but the bitters. Shake and strain into coupe glass and atomize bitters over top. Garnish with crystallized violets.