Bottom of the Barrel- where questionable spirits get a helping hand from some very skilled bartenders! Last time we paid a visit to Martin Corriveau at La Mezcaleria where he created magic out of chocolate flavoured wine. Up next is Mike Shum who has been saddled with a shimmering vodka-based spirit called Viniq.
I can only describe this bottle as the liquor equivalent of a laval lamp. It’s pretty much a rave in 750ml. The bottle claims to be a combination of vodka infused with Moscato, peach, citrus, orange blossom and berries. The sad part was it didn’t event taste that bad. Never one to back down from a challenge, Shum embraced his shimmery ingredient and made the best of what can only be described as a sparkle-filled nightmare. In addition- and for the first time on Bottom Of The Barrel- our nominated bartender has requested that you play this song while mixing up this magical concoction.
The Bartender: Mike Shum
The Ingredient: Viniq
The Cocktail: Unicorn Tears
20mL Manzanilla Sherry
15mL Amaro Montenegro
4 Dashes Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters
Stirred all ingredients together and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.