Five modern classic cocktails you should know
Sam Ross from Milk & Honey, New York City (2005)
One of the most famous new classics of the modern era only recently caught the spotlight, despite having been promoted in the USA since 2005. It became, perhaps, the first cocktail to raise public attention to the term “modern classic.” At Vesper, this sweet-and-sour drink introduces a hint of whiskey sour from the combination of Johnnie Walker Black Label, lemon and honey, and kicks in some spice with ginger syrup, and smokiness with Ardbeg 10 YO.
Sam Ross from The Violet Hour, Chicago (2007)
Creating the Penicillin was not enough for Ross. Two years after he moved to Chicago’s The Violet Hour, the productive mixologist came up with an easy-sipping mix of Bulleit bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, and lemon, and named it after the song he was listening to while coming up with the recipe: “Paper Planes” by British artist M.I.A.. At Vesper, Supawit injects grappa, the grape-based pomace brandy, for more well-rounded finish.
Wayne Collins from VinExpo, Bordeaux (2001)
The Negroni is already listed as one of the most famous cocktails of all time. In 2001, Wayne Collins successfully applied a twist to the drink by using a white bitter liqueur called Suze instead of Campari to make the drink crystal clear while still retaining its bitterness and aroma. Since Suze is not available in Thailand, Supawit replaces it with Luxardo Bitters Bianco.
Erik Lorincz from American Bar, The Savoy Hotel, London (2011)
The Savoy Hotel has always made its mark in the ongoing history of cocktails. Back in 1903, a gin-based classic called Hanky Panky (gin, sweet vermouth and Fernet- Branca) was invented here by female bartender Ada Coleman. A few years ago, bartender Erik Lorincz made history once more by creating Green Park, a tangy drink that combines gin, lemon, Italian basil, sugar, celery bitters and egg white. Easy to mix but impressively complicated.
Dick Bradsell from Soho Brasserie, London (1980s)
If the stories are to be believed, this drink was supposedly created for a top British model (said to be Naomi Campbell) who needed a drink to wake her up—and f*ck her up. The original recipe includes vodka, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso. For his own interpretation, Supawit uses hazelnut-scented coffee Noisette Espresso and vanilla.