NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, October 4th the award-winning restaurant Zuma New York in partnership with Ron Zacapa, the most exquisite tasting rum in the world, launched the first ever 'evolving cocktail system' – the Zuma Zacapa Live Solera.
A custom designed cocktail installation, the Zuma Zacapa Live Solera, is installed in New York and eight other Zuma restaurants across the world - delivering an original cocktail in each restaurant, designed to appeal to local palates and to perfectly complement Zuma's contemporary Japanese cuisine.
This unprecedented system will feature four American oak barrels connected to each other. The first three casks will be individually flavoured allowing the Zacapa rum to trickle through the barrel system, giving the drink a unique and special taste. Zuma New York's exclusive flavours will be celebrating the essence of the city's multi-cultural metropolis with ingredients such as matcha tea, hop bitters and straw macerate.
Once the rum has travelled through the Solera system, it is presented in a chilled glass with a hand-cut piece of ice and engraved with a bespoke ice stamper.
James Shearer, Zuma's Group Bar Manager explains: "We really pride ourselves on the range of sakes, signature cocktails, premium spirits and liqueurs that we offer internationally. The "Zuma Zacapa Live Solera" will be a perfect addition - completely in line with our philosophy, enhancing what is already an exciting and vibrant choice of drinks."
Jimmy Barrat, Zuma Global Bar Development Manager, adds: "The beauty of the Zuma Zacapa Live Solera means, whichever Zuma restaurant you visit throughout the world, the cocktail will be unique to its city. In Miami, for example, we have brought together the luxurious Zacapa rum with the flavours of coco nib liqueur, fermented coconut water, Nori and fermented pineapple, to showcase the tropical urban vibrancy of this dynamic city. The tastes and characters of each city will be highlighted in the same way. It's all very exciting."
Lorena Vasquez, Master Blender for Zacapa added, "We're very proud of the Solera System slow aging process, which was developed in our beautiful home in Guatemala. So it's amazing to bring this system to other parts of the world through our partnership with Zuma- taking the best flavours of that location and marrying them with the rich, warmth of Zacapa rum in nine exciting cocktails."
The Zuma Zacapa Live Solera launched in Miami on September 26th and will be followed by simultaneous events on:
October 4th - Zuma London, Hong Kong, Dubai and New York
October 18th - Zuma Bangkok, Rome and Abu Dhabi
Zuma Zacapa Live Solera – The flavours
New York - celebrating the essence the city's multi-cultural metropolis with ingredients such as matcha tea, hop bitters and straw macerate.
Miami – tropical ingredients of the region such as coco nib liqueur, fermented coconut water, Nori and fermented pineapple.
London - embracing English charm and culinary favourites with nettle tea, raspberry eaux de vie and rhubarb bitters.
Hong Kong - typical ingredients from Asia such as szechuan and pink peppercorns, fennel seeds and duck fat.
Dubai - a Middle Eastern essence of kaffir lime bitters, saffron, rose water and camel cheese sherry.
Bangkok - typical ingredients of the region such as ginger & lemongrass liqueur, chocolate & chili bitters and pomelo zest tea.
Rome – Italian flavours feature with Nutella distilled rum, cold brew coffee and cheese washed Vermouth.
Istanbul – fusion of coffee bitters, "the milk of lions" arak and cardamom rose water.
Abu Dhabi – an exotic marriage of date liqueur, pistachio butter and apricot vermouth.
Lastly, Zuma Las Vegas – due to open later in the year - will also receive its own Solera System and tailored infusion.
Notes to the editor
Zuma Restaurants and Zacapa also partnered with Fluid Movement, pioneers of molecular mixology and modernist bartending, to craft the bespoke 'Zuma Zacapa Live Soleras'.