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BARTENDER OF THE MONTH – TOBIAS CARVALHO

CINGARI FEATURES BARTENDER OF THE MONTH

By Sapna Kakkar

“Home is where the heart is.” Truer words have never been spoken.

The one thing that this lockdown has taught us is to stop taking things for granted; be it a dinner at our favorite restaurant, a cigar at a beautiful rooftop, live entertainment or your favorite cocktails made by your favorite bartender. Fortunately for us, all of these are found at one venue – Home, a member’s only club in Vasant Kunj.

As soon as we found out that Home opened up this month we all but ran to the club and were instantly greeted by the familiar faces that we are sure were smiling at us behind those masks. We took a moment to take in the quirky artifacts, the comics drawn by the very popular Mario Miranda and the comforting lights that we so dearly missed. .

From the entry itself, we could smell the warmth in the air courtesy the oven dried orange slices and the cinnamon that is used in our favorite cocktails and as expected our nose then led the way. There, standing behind the bar was our favorite bartender/mixologist ready with a cocktail shaker in one hand and a wave in the other. Now, we personally believe that the heart of any restaurant lies at the bar and a great bartender can take your experience from average to outstanding. Tobias Carvalho does just thatIt’s a treat to watch Tobias behind the bar. His belief that bartending is an art form translates easily to the drinks he pours and cocktails that he makes. Leading the home bar team and adding gravitas to a unique signature menu he carefully designed, Tobias is a regular fixture at leading international competitions such as Bacardi legacy cocktail competition, Diageo world class and other major bartending contests. If you ask him nicely, he will let you be his guinea pig and you can test all his wonderful concoctions before the rest of the world. It comes as no surprise that under his tenure at home, Tobias was recently awarded as the ‘Bartender Of The Year 2019/20’ by Spiritz Magazine.

So, for those who are braving stepping out during these times, I would definitely recommend you stopping by Home and getting yourself a cocktail made by the man but if you are staying safe (as one must) we have bought Tobias’ special cocktail to you.

Geosmin:
Geosmin is the chemical compound found in beetroots that give it an earthy aroma and taste. This aroma can also be found when rain first hits the earth.

Recipe:

Monkey shoulder: 60ml
Fresh Beetroot juice: 45ml
Freshly Squeezed Lemon juice: 15ml
Sugar syrup: 15ml
Orange blossom water: 3 drops (can be found at any major supermarket like food hall, etc)

Method:

To make sugar syrup combine equal parts of castor sugar to equal parts of Luke warm water.

Chill an old fashioned glass before time.

Mix and combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice.

Shake well and strain in a chilled glass filled with ice.

The Geosmin is best served with a Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill. The earthiness from the drink pairs wonderfully with the bitter sweet flavour of the classic Robusto that is the Short Churchill.

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    Keeping in mind the concept for cocktail and cigar. I made a cocktail “Tribute” which has a fascinating story telling about the gallant of our Indian army. Army personnel like to have their whiskey with cigars. It was the night of #9 sept. 2017, when Indian army did the deadly strike on Pakistan. Para-military forces made it look easy. After completing the strike successfully, when the major who was heading the operation, came back to the commanding officers room. For celebrating the moment, commanding officer called the steward and ordered for two glass of black label whiskey. The moment was celebrated with black label which is the base spirit in this cocktail, Cointreau orange liqueur and mint syrup and lemon juice. Cointreau and mint representing the colour of Indian flag.
    Recipe
    Black label 60 ml
    Cointreau 20 ml
    Mint syrup 15 ml
    Lemon juice 20 ml
    Garnish orange peel and mint

    Adding Bolivar royal coronas which has earthy and leathery notes as well as of chocolate and spicy liquorice which makes this combination great.

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      @Abhishek Joshi, Thank you so much for taking out the time to write us this recipe. We cant wait to try it. what we love more is the story behind it!

      Cheers!

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    Keeping in mind the concept for cocktail and cigar. I made a cocktail “Tribute” which has a fascinating story telling about the gallant of our Indian army. Army personnel like to have their whiskey with cigars. It was the night of #9 sept. 2017, when Indian army did the deadly strike on Pakistan. Para-military forces made it look easy. After completing the strike successfully, when the major who was heading the operation, came back to the commanding officers room. For celebrating the moment, commanding officer called the steward and ordered for two glass of black label whiskey. The moment was celebrated with black label which is the base spirit in this cocktail, Cointreau orange liqueur and mint syrup and lemon juice. Cointreau and mint representing the colour of Indian flag.
    Recipe
    Black label 60 ml
    Cointreau 20 ml
    Mint essence 15 ml
    Lemon juice 20 ml
    Garnish orange peel and mint

    Adding Bolivar royal coronas which has earthy and leathery notes as well as of chocolate and spicy liquorice which makes this combination great.

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    @Abhishek Joshi. what a wonderful tribute to the Indian army. Can you please do a modification using our dark Rum..that is a standard issue to the armed forces. That will also take into account that Cuba makes one of the finest rums in the world..and most cuban cocktails will use a white or dark Rum..

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