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Brandon Kemp Atlanta, GA
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Trash Talker Cloudstrider
Created by Brandon Kemp
Photo by Nate Laird
My inspiration can be summed up into four words “Ponce Eagle Pimpin Player.” Clarified cocktails are the equivalent of your first time experiencing the holy grail; it will have you thinking...“What in the hell just happened?!!” There is nothing more gratifying than seeing the raised eyebrows of confusion of unsuspecting guests while they get a kick to the palate. Being weird, wild, and approachable has always been my goal behind the bar. To me, cocktails are their creator's soul expression and artistic makeup. Atlanta is a young elusive underdog in the cocktail scene. It's a hodgepodge of some of the most magical and creative beings behind the stick. I am always pushing for innovative variations across the region. The Trash Talker Cloudstrider is my tiki-inspired libation that, by appearance, is a refined amalgamation of simplicity and modernism, with a wild, funky, and intoxicating taste, much like my city.
Cocktail Name: Trash Talker Cloudstrider
Name: Brandon Kemp
- 1 1/2 parts Jägermeister
- 1/2 part Aperol
- 1/2 part China China
- 1/4 part Yellow Chartreuse Jaune
- 4 peeled lemons
- 1/4 part ginger (freshly pressed)
- 3 strawberries (muddled)
- 1/4 part strawberry balsamic vinaigrette
- 5 parts sugar
- 10 parts Organic whole milk (for clarification) ***
- Club soda (topped)
- Garnish: dehydrated lemon wheel
- Chinois strainer
- Cambro (4qt)
- Induction heater
- 3qt Induction pot
- Banquet napkin linen (preferred) or coffee filter
- 10oz rocks glass
- 2x2 King Cube ice cube
- Positive attitude & shot glass
Add Jägermeister, China China, Aperol, Chartreuse, lemon peels, strawberries (muddled), ginger (muddled), and 2 parts lemon juice to a Cambro. Stir. Let the spirits infuse for 6 to 12 hrs. Strain the cocktail into a container.
In a non-reactive container, add cold whole milk. Slowly pour the cocktail into the milk. Refrigerate. Allow 3-4 hours to let the milk do its thing (a.k.a. curdle). Do not stir. When the wheys have formed into a “web” in the container and settle to the bottom, it’s time to strain.
Put a coffee filter or banquet linen over a chinois and place it over a non-reactive container. Slowly strain into the filter. This will take a bit to strain fully.
Pour 2 1/2 parts into a rocks glass with a large king cube, preferably clear ice, to show off all your hard work clarifying. Express a lemon peel over the glass and garnish with a lemon wheel