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"Camino de Santiago" cocktail?

Bradypus

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Something unusual I saw today. A Spanish bar manager in a Dubai hotel has created a cocktail named after and apparently inspired by the Camino. A mix which includes smoked beetroot, vodka and lime juice. My first thought on reading it was "Why not orujo for authenticity?" but on further reflection he might be right... :)

 
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I'm usually up for a little culinary experiment. The article doesn't give a full recipe or instructions but I thought I'd give the basic idea a try. Fresh beetroot blended with water then strained, vodka and the juice of half a lime. As I didn't have smoked beetroot on hand I've tried two ways to add some smoky taste. One made with a little smoked paprika added and another with some peat smoke liquid I made for another project a while back. No Galician earthenware cup here so I've used my mazagran from the pottery in Taize. The result is quite pleasant. Can't say it reminds me very much of Galicia. The earthy root vegetable taste is something I associate more with Eastern European food. Something like a cold boozy borscht. Adding a dash of Worcester sauce perks it up a bit too. But a fun way to brighten up a grey afternoon in wet west Wales! :)

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Gulf states, and most of the Islamic world generally have an alcohol free policy. So most of their "mocktails" lack alcohol. Enterprising people usually figure out a way to add something to the mixture.

On the other hand, how do you make a cocktail out of blood, sweat, tears, and MUD? That would be the Camino.
 
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On the other hand, how do you make a cocktail out of blood, sweat, tears, and MUD? That would be the Camino.
For about a year I was attached to a British army regiment whose regimental colours were brown, red and green. Their unofficial motto was "'From mud, through blood to the green fields beyond". Unfortunately someone in the dark mists of time had the bright idea of celebrating those colours with a drink composed of brandy, cherry brandy and creme de menthe poured carefully so that the colours remained separate in the glass. Visually impressive but not a combination I could wholeheartedly recommend...
 
Gulf states, and most of the Islamic world generally have an alcohol free policy. So most of their "mocktails" lack alcohol. Enterprising people usually figure out a way to add something to the mixture.
Dubai has a relatively liberal approach to alcohol for the region and allows it to be sold under strict conditions in bars aimed at the very large international tourist market. In the article I linked this is within an international tourist hotel and in particular connected to a restaurant with a Spanish head chef and Spanish themed food.
 
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Dubai has a relatively liberal approach to alcohol for the region and allows it to be sold under strict conditions in bars aimed at the very large international tourist market. In the article I linked this is within an international tourist hotel and in particular connected to a restaurant with a Spanish head chef and Spanish themed food.
Yes a very liberal approach. Abu Dhabi too!
 
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