So much happened at Tales of the Cocktail. I am still trying to process it all. The biggest highlights were the people I met. From time to time I will focus on one and thank them for their inspiration, guidance and friendship.
In honor of Black Tot Day I would like to reflect on the coolest and most unusual thing I tasted at TOTC. Smoke and Oakum’s Gunpowder Rum from New Zealand is a historical recreation of an old technique. This is a wildly different rum created by Ben H Simpson that contains real gunpowder. Just a few years ago Ben had a crazy idea and has dedicated his life to it. Sadly I was only able to taste it in a cocktail, but it was one of the top three cocktails I had the entire week. It was a Gun Powder Rum Blood and Sand, and I only wish I could make one, but I lack the primary ingredient. Ben mentioned that when he has fresh blood oranges he makes a Blood Blood and Sand. I must have one of these.
Ben sat on a panel with a few bitters makers (a future posts will be dedicated to them) in a session called Bedroom Brands. A phenomenal session where three successful gentlemen described how they made something from nothing. This was a very inspirational for a guy like me who would really like to bring his own product to the world.
Here is a video that explains it all.