Eau de Perfection

Citadelle Gin & Mathilde Liqueur Bartender Competition, USA, 2010. Max A. Solano from Emeril’s Table 10 & Delmonico’s Steakhouse in Las Vegas, NV

- 1.5 oz. Citadelle Gin
- 1.25 oz. Mathilde Pear Liqueur
- 1.25 oz. fresh lemon juice (strained)
- 1 oz. homemade four-spiced infused simple syrup (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla bean)
- 1/3 tsp. fresh ginger puree
- 1 oz. rosé champagne of choice

Take the Collins glass and fill with ice and set the glass aside. Take each one of the ingredients except for the Champagne and place them into a pint or mixing glass. Add a generous scoop of ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double-strain (fine strain) contents into the Collins glass. Lastly, top off the cocktail with the champagne. Garnish with a slice of Bartlett pear and a fresh mint sprig and enjoy !

Max says, « This cocktail is both a variation of two of my favorite summer cocktails: The French 75 and traditional Gin Collins, with my added twists. »

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