I had things to do last week. Oh yes, it was exciting, not least because one of them was the Edinburgh regional final for the 42 BelowCocktail World Cup. There were two parts to the competition - the signature drink round worth 70% of the final mark and the honest drink round which made up the remaining 30%. The idea behind the honest drink round was to come up with a recipe including a 42 Below variant and no more than four other ingredients from a set list of ingredients. The list was pretty comprehensive, but it meant that there were no homemade infusions or anything too crazy.
50ml 42 Below Manuka Honey
15ml lemon juice
5ml gomme Float port
Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks/old-fashioned glass over crushed ice. Float the port and garnish with a twist of lemon zest.
The top three in the competition go on to form Team Edinburgh in the UK final in February. Unfortunately I didn't make it - congratulations to Joey from Tigerlily, Mei from the Bon Vivant and Paul from Bramble - which does mean I get to try out next year. Thanks to Jacob and Marty at 42 Below, and everyone at The Voodoo Rooms for a great day.
Photos from 42Below UK's flickr photostream.