Shervene Shahbazkhani recently won the Scottish heats of the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in Edinburgh with her innovative cocktail, ‘Bring the Beat Back’. She describes how she made it; ‘I tend to follow what my instincts tell me to make. Most cocktails I create are based on foods usually used in the kitchen such as chillies, or in this case beetroot. I start by tasting for flavour combinations that I like, and then I transfer them into my cocktails. I made this cocktail by infusing ginger with 42 Below vodka, boiled beetroot, poached pears with ginger, and orange. I muddled the pears and beetroot together and added 25mls of dry orange syrup, 25mls of Sauvignon Blanc and 50mls of ginger vodka’.
This makes for a deliciously vibrant and complex beat-root cocktail with subtle pear, ginger, and orange undertones. Shervene, who currently works in Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms (19a West Register Street), will go to New Zealand in September to compete in the finals of the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup where cocktail shaking whilst bungee jumping will be a part of the challenge!