Restaurant: Salt House, San Francisco
Creator: Gabe Cothes
Inspiration: “For a sea-to-table dinner, I was asked to create a cocktail that would reflect flavors and elements unique to the Pacific Ocean. I likened the freshness of cucumber and crispness of Hendrick’s to the fresh spray from a crashing wave, and the rest fell into place.”
Key Ingredients: Hendrick’s Gin, yuzu, amontillado sherry, cucumber, furikake rim and nori strip garnish
What the Judges Said: The Dr. No is named after the supervillain that James Bond faced in his first movie, and it fits: sophisticated, exotic and with just a bit of mischief (from the seaweed). There is one problem with the name, however: Dr. No was unbalanced, and this cocktail definitely isn’t.