Have you ever had a drink that was both warm and cold? The “Naughty or Nice” cocktail designed by Ken Bandivas of William Grant & Sons for his bar takeover at Spirit’s Library features Monkey Shoulder, Giffard Banana du Brasil, lemon, chocolate bitters, white chocolate, and coconut cream foam. At first sip, your taste buds are immediately blown away. White chocolate with coconut cream foam is thick and warm, followed by a gush of cold from a mix of lemon, whiskey, and banana du Brasil syrup.
Ken warms the foam by placing it in a nitro canister which is then immersed in a sous-vide set at 110°C. The sous-vide machine is an immersion circulator that keeps the water bath at a consistent temperature. The Naughty or Nice is one of the best drinks we’ve had so far this Christmas season because the sweet and fruity flavors were complemented by the play in contrasting temperatures. It’s an excellent drink for Christmas time in a tropical country. We had to order more than one!