Mike Yen - L'Auberge Del Mar
L'Auberge Del Mar San Diego, CA
My first encounter with the indigenous "La Jolla Cougar" was a regular in her late 30's. Her ethnicity was French, Italian, and Indian, which resulted in a beautiful mix reminiscent of the La Parisienne/Minoan Lady image. Her favorite way of luring her prey was to talk about her adoration of classic movies and show off her fairly revealing outfits that she claimed were only available in France. Over a span of four years, I never saw her wear the same outfit twice! This is my cocktail translation of her, using multicultural components to create something elegant yet diverse.
1 part Cointreau
2 parts saffron infused Remy Martin Cognac
1 part Amaro Montenegro
1 part fresh squeezed meyer lemon juice
Garnish: Long peel of meyer lemon
Pre-chill a coupe glass. Rim the coupe glass with garam marsala sugar and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into coupe glass. Garnish and serve.