My cocktail drew inspiration from the kitchen, our current food menu @ BUILD Pizzeria Roma, and the beautiful organic heirloom tomatoes we've been getting in lately.
The Caprese Collins
Starting with a foundation built off of the classic Tom Collins (gin, lemon, sugar, seltzer), and drawing inspiration from our kitchen using local, seasonal ingredients and a farmers-market approach, the Caprese Collins was born.
We start by carbonating heirloom tomato water for the fizzy element of the drink (using organic heirloom tomatoes from Yolo County) to create a subtle & effervescent tomato note. This is mixed with fresh lemon juice for acidity; pineapple gum syrup for balance, texture, and to lend a subtle fruity quality to the drink; fresh basil leaves; and a few drops of our Calabrian Tincture (calabrese peppers and lemon peel steeped in high-proof neutral alcohol). Last but certainly not least, we add olive oil washed St. George Botanivore gin to the mix. The olive oil washed gin offers a buttery olive note and unique mouth feel layered into the 19 botanicals found in Botanivore gin.
The savory, garden-fresh Caprese Collins: crisp and refreshing until the very last drop.
What a fun event, and I was honored to win 1st place!