Mango Curry Collins

By Raul Faria I created the Mango Curry Collins, featuring Absolut Mango, for a new restaurant opening in Las Vegas. It is inspired by the Vodka Collins and the flavors of Southeast Asia. This is a fun, tangy cocktail with just a touch of savory from the super easy to make curry syrup and the Sriracha. […]

Cocktail Thyme

By Raul Faria Cocktail Thyme was created for Chef Scott Conant’s restaurant Scarpetta inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. It features Absolut Craft Smokey Tea and Campari along with a honey and lemon to create an Aperitif style Sour. I wanted to play off the freshness and savory herbs that are utilized in authentic Italian […]

Amazonarita

by Raul Faria The Amazonarita is my entry in this year’s Margarita Festival. It was inspired by my recent trip to Brazil. I chose Çedilla, an açai liqueur as my modifier and my sweet is a reduction of the incredibly popular, in Brazil, Guarana soda with a little agave. The 16 teams of Mixologists were […]

Cigarettes & Roses

by Raul Faria Cigarettes & Roses was created for the “Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition”, which tasked us to create a cocktail that had a story and could be inspired by, well, anything really. The sky was the limit. I chose the “Biker’s Girl” character from the Lana Del Rey video “Ride”. The girl […]

Woodford County Cooler

by Raul Faria Check out my original cocktail the “Woodford County Cooler” featuring Woodford Reserve. This cocktail was served at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for AFAN’s the Black and White Party. AFAN “provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada”. It’s a great cause and […]

Pineapple Basil Gin Fix

by Raul Faria The Pineapple Basil Gin Fix was my entry into the Broker’s Gin Bowler Cup this year and is based on an old style of cocktail known as a “Fix”. Fixes were essentially sours; spirit, sugar and citrus. Now the fix incorporated fruit into the sour template either with juices or the sugar […]

Fire Potion

 by Raul Faria Fire Potion was created with and for Golia Vodka. Its tart and a little spicy plus it’s a pretty straightforward cocktail to make. When creating cocktails for Golia vodka I’m always inspired by the Mongolian Empire and its leader…Genghis Khan. I imagine a sprawling Empire full of warriors, elders and alchemists. Fire […]

Motlow’s Mule

by Raul Faria Motlow’s Mule was named after and inspired by Lem Motlow, one of the earliest Master Distillers at Jack Daniel’s Distillery (behind Bill Hughes and Uncle Jack of course) and nephew of Jack Daniel himself. He was always focused on moving the ball forward by increasing production and expanding the Old #7 brand. He was […]

A Gentleman’s Cola

by Raul Faria when the Order of Gentlemen calls, one must rise to meet the challenge. One the Order’s Ambassadors, Miss Cami Novak, challenged me to create a cocktail for the Las Vegas Cocktail Classic this year and I came up with “A Gentleman’s Cola”. It is a combination of the twice mellowed Gentlemen Jack, […]

The “L” Word

by Raul Faria I created the “L” Word cocktail for a charity event put on by Backbar USA benefiting Tony Abou Ganim’s Helen David Relief Fund that benefits Bartenders affected by breast cancer. It was called “For the Love of Cocktails” and it tasked 14 Mixologists to create a cocktail themed around love and Valentines Day featuring 14 […]

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