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The Mata Hari best exemplifies the creative process utilized at Employees Only of taking classic ideas and modernizing them through an expression of big flavors and culinary technique. Inspired by the luscious brandy classic Sidecar, the Mata Hari blends Cognac with chai-infused sweet vermouth and fresh pomegranate juice to introduce soft tannins and exotic spice. Rose hips adorn this cocktail which awaken the olfactory senses, alluding to what comes next. Stunning to look at, seductive on the nose, and vibrant on the pallet, the Mata Hari is one of the first and most popular cocktails at Employees Only. --Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric
Makes one drink
1¼ ounces Louis Royer Force 53 VSOP cognac
1 ounce Chai-Infused Sweet Vermouth
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ ounce pomegranate juice
½ ounce simple syrup
3 dried organic rose buds, for garnish
Pour the cognac, vermouth, juices, and syrup into a mixing glass. Add large cold ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with rose buds.
Dominant flavors: deep red pomegranates with roses on the nose
Body: rich, full mouthfeel
Accentuating or contrasting flavors: chai, cinnamon, and clove interweave
Finish: lingering, black tea, spicy
Great cocktails, interesting back story, easy recipes and beautiful photos.
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My go-to reference. Beautiful pictures. The tools and home-made ingredients section in the back of the book is great as well.Published 1 month ago by Allen Vance
This book was very informative. I enjoyed. The historical aspect. There are many, many good recipes. I will be referring to this book often.Published 2 months ago by Aaron D Grimmer
I've used this book for 3-4 years as my go-to cocktail prep book. Every recipe I've made is fantastic, with perfect balance amongst ingredients/elements. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anne M Less
Well written, informative, and entertaining. I enjoyed it a lot. Their house made grenadine, available to order, is also very good.Published 3 months ago by Doug W
Great cocktails, interesting back story, easy recipes and beautiful photos. I recommend this book for anyone interested in spirits andPublished 7 months ago by Christy
I have used nearly all these receipes and they are so good I've given this book as a gift to 5 friends.Published 7 months ago by Brooks Nelson
The book is fantastic. My issue was that I paid for a new book and once I received the book there was no invoice in the packaging and the cover had 3 deep scratches.Published 8 months ago by Annie Soto
It gives reader a great list of classic cocktail recipes with modern twists. I use some at home and a lot more at work. Great book for anybody who loves cocktailsPublished 8 months ago by ajv19813