Restaurant: McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods, Pawling, NY
Creator: Andrew Sarubbi
Inspiration: “My favorite nut mix is a Thai lemon-curry flavor and the base of this cocktail contains the same flavor profile of the seasonings, only in liquid form.”
Key Ingredients: Leblon Cachaca, Giffard Banana Liqueur, Thai lemon curry liqueur, fresh lime juice, lemongrass syrup and a habanero shrub float.
What the Judges Said: One big trend we noticed in this year’s contest was the use of spice. Apparently American palates are heating up, and Sarubbi launched a two-pronged sensory attack with the use of Thai flavors and a float of habanero shrub. This one could have gone over the top, but it manages to stand at the edge of delicious and dangerous. We’ll have another.