We’ve heard of putting gold flakes in your drink, but what about a cocktail that tastes like cold, hard cash? That’s what Remy Savage, a French bartender at the Little Red Door in Paris, was going for when he made the drink he calls “Paper Anniversary.” The cocktail, which is supposed to incorporate paper flavor notes, won Savage this year’s Bombay Sapphire’s international “Most Imaginative Bartender” competition.
Even though the drink supposedly does taste like liquid paper, with notes of “grassy vanilla” and “woody dryness,” Savage assured the judges that his drink does not actually contain any paper. The “Paper Anniversary” actually contains gin, saline and “paper syrup,” a complex syrup made from a concoction of notes that one would taste in paper money. Ingredients included cane sugar, vanilla beans, water, Martini Bianco (a smoky, dry whiskey), a dried root and grass.
“I only enter competitions I feel passionate about, and this was a truly mind-blowing experience,” Savage told Bombay Sapphire. “I wanted to replicate the flavor of paper and celebrate the history of gin and I believe my cocktail is a delicious celebration of this”.
Savage beat out four other finalists, including Julio Cabrera from the Regent Club in Miami.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi