Heavens and Earth is inspired by the idea of two distinct spheres connecting and contrasting – earthy coffee, chocolatey, nutty umami and airy herbal lemon and honey, connected by sweet cardamom. An earthy Sour with Mr. Black, crème de cacao, Amontillado sherry, cardamom bitters, lemon and orgeat is topped with herbal honey lemon myrtle foam with egg white, lemon myrtle liqueur, DOM Benedictine, lemon and cardamom honey syrup, garnished with an edible peppery nasturtium flower and bee pollen.

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Ingredients

 1 oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
 ½ oz Creme de Cacao(Marie Brizzard)
 ½ oz Amontillado Sherry(Barbadillo)
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Toasted Almond Orgeat
 1 dash Cardamom Bitters(Fee Brothers)
 Herbal lemon foam (garnish)
 1 tsp Bee pollen (garnish)
 1 Nasturtium flower (garnish)
Toasted Almond Orgeat
 100 g almonds, toasted
 330 ml hot water
 1 cup raw caster sugar
 1 pinch xanthan gum
 1 tsp rose water
 1 tsp orange flower water
Cardamom Honey Syrup
 1 cup honey
 1 cup warm water
 8 crushed cardamom pods
Herbal Lemon Foam
 45 ml Lemon Myrtle Liqueur(Baker Williams)
 45 ml Benedictine
 60 ml lemon juice, strained
 120 ml egg white, lightly beaten
 180 ml cardamom honey syrup
 1 pinch xanthan gum
 2 cream whip charges

Directions

1

Add lemon, toasted almond orgeat, Mr. Black, Sherry and Creme de Cacao along with Cardamom Bitters to a shaker tin with ice

2

Seal tins and shake for 30 seconds

3

Strain into prepared glass

4

Garnish with herbal lemon foam, bee pollen and an edible nasturtium flower

Toasted Almond Orgeat
5

Preheat oven to 200 C, add almonds on a baking tray and toast for aboout 10 minutes or until fragrant

6

Blend until particles are not fully integrated but a milky consistency has been formed in the liquid

7

Strain into a clean jug using a nut milk bag (reserve nut solids for another use)

8

Measure yield of nut milk and add an equal amount of sugar and a pinch of xanthan gum to a clean blender along with the nut milk

9

Blend well until sugar has dissolved and xanthan is well incorporated

10

Stir in rosewater and orange flower water

11

Decant into a clean glass container or flip top using a funnel and store in the fridge

Cardamom Honey Syrup
12

Add honey, warm water, crushed cardamom pods to a small saucepan and heat over low heat until honey is dissolved

13

Fine strain to remove cardamom

14

Decant into a clean glass container and refrigerate

Herbal Lemon Foam
15

Blend egg whites with xanthan using a hand blender or blender

16

Add all ingredients to a syphon, seal and shake well to combine

17

Add two cream whip charges

18

Shake hard until no sound can be heard

19

Refrigerate until cold before use


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11 Comments

  1. andrew.andrew.epifano0 5 October 2021 at 7:49 am

    Hey nice sour! I’ll definitely give it try when I can get my hand on those ingredients.

    I’m wondering how you go the section formatting, I can see anything on the submission page.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Steve the Bartender 5 October 2021 at 9:29 pm

      I added the formatting Andrew 🙂 if you add extra instructions, we’ll tweak it to make it easy to follow..

  2. kate 6 October 2021 at 7:44 am

    Thanks so much Andrew – it is yummy.

    Thanks Steve for adding the headings – so much easier to read that way – so grateful.

  3. dolo_dolo 13 October 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, it’s like delicious alchemy ?

  4. kate 14 October 2021 at 9:00 am

    thanks so much – it is yummy

  5. pshelper 15 October 2021 at 5:08 am

    The bee pollen works a treat on this. The complexity of flavours is incredible.

    • kate 15 October 2021 at 11:20 am

      Thanks so much I love the bee pollen too – it sort melts into the foam as you enjoy the drink adding another texture as well a caramelly-honey flavour

  6. hunter 15 October 2021 at 6:43 am

    A great combination of ingredients and beautiful end product!

    • kate 15 October 2021 at 11:28 am

      Thanks so much Hunter – it is really yummy – the contrasting layers bring different flavours and textures – I love nasturtium flowers they make everything look beautiful and they are so yummy

  7. staceylyons 15 October 2021 at 7:58 am

    Such a beautiful looking cocktail! Can’t wait to taste it

    • kate 15 October 2021 at 11:30 am

      Thanks so much Stacey – that’s so kind to say – it’s really yummy

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