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The Salcha Cocktail
Photograph: Daniel Boud

The Salcha

By Jay Tuncer Tokmak, Marble Bar

By Time Out editors


•50ml Gin Mare gin 

•40ml gazpacho (see below)

•10ml lemon juice 

•2 bar spoons mango chilli chutney 

•Goat’s cheese foam (see below)

•Basil oil (garnish)

•Dried celery powder (garnish)



•Tomato juice

•Red capsicum



•Basil oil and fresh basil 

•Canola oil 

Method: Sautée capsicum, celery and garlic in canola oil. Add tomato juice and bring to the boil. Season, cool and chill.


Goat’s cheese foam: 

•250g soft goat’s cheese

•125g sour cream 

•125g heavy cream 

•1.5 tbsp olive oil

•Salt and pepper 

Method: Blend goat’s cheese, olive oil, sour cream and seasoning in a blender. Pass mixture through a fine sieve, add heavy cream and mix. Pour the mixture into an ISI Whip, screw in one ISI cream charger and shake vigorously. Refrigerate for at least one hour.



Add all ingredients in a shaker (apart from the goat’s cheese foam and basil oil). Add ice and shake until combined. Strain the liquid into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with goat’s cheese foam and basil oil.


Meet the bartender

Portrait of Jay Tuncer Tokmak
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Jay Tuncer Tokmak, Marble Bar

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