Bartenders, as we once knew them are becoming extinct. They are being replaced by professionals that are more creative, specialized and that take their craft a lot more serious. The new age bartender has emerged to become a “mixologist” and many of them were on hand at the recent “10 Cane Rum Ministry of Bartenders” at Le Lan restaurant downtown Chicago.
10 Cane Rum is considered by some to be the best rum, based on how it is extracted from the best cane and distilled. The ability to concoct creative cocktails from this spirit makes it fun for mixlogists. The Ministry of Bartenders event featured four different specialty cocktails that were paired with appetizers and a three course dinner. One of the notable mixologists on hand was Adam Seger of Nacional 27. Adam discussed how he uses organic ingredients to mix up his creations and lent a hand to make a couple of the featured cocktails for the evening. The cocktails included:
Georgia Peach – 10 cane rum, ginger peach jam, ginger beer, peach bitters
10 Cane Spiced Pear Daiquiri – 10 cane rum, fresh comice pear juice, lemon juice, spiced syrup, (clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, black pepper corns, sugar, water) garnish pear slice
Rhubarb Sour – 10 cane rum, rhubarb sour, aperol, lemon juice, egg white
Swan Song – 10 cane rum, tamarind syrup, licor 43, coconut water, lime juice