Matcha Maker

We've been asked what makes a cocktail worthy of being on our website. It's pretty simple... knowing what it tastes like, would we order it in a bar? If the answer is "hell yes" it makes to the page. Despite the crazy color of this one, it's most definitely a hell yes.

Distilled from cacao (yes, that fruit that chocolate comes from), Solbeso has flavors reminiscent of brandy, rum, tequila and even grappa, yet it's none of those. For this reason, we've taken to seeing just how far we can stretch the surrounding ingredients and still get something worthy of sharing (we haven't failed yet). 

For this one, we've worked to compliment the flavors of Solbeso while also highlighting another current obsession: matcha green tea. Available here in Nashville at K&S World Market, it is a finely-ground powder of specially-grown green tea leaves, which results in a bright green hue from the chlorophyll. Packed with promises of health and wellness, it's a great way to add a little conscience to your drinking habit.

 

equipment

cocktail shaker
strainer
fine mesh strainer
cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Solbeso
.5 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1/4 tsp matcha green tea powder
2 dashes orange bitters
1/4 tsp orange flower water
strip of orange peel and edible flower petals for garnish (optional)


method:

Add the Solbeso and matcha green tea powder to your cocktail shaker and dry shake (without ice) for a few seconds to combine. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters and orange flower water and fill with ice before shaking to chill. Double-strain into a cocktail glass, garnish and serve. 

Tell No Lychee

If you've never had lychee, you're missing out. Originally from China, they're now grown throughout the world. When fresh, they look almost like nuts, covered in a rough pink-to-red skin that peels away to reveal a soft, white fruit. The flavor? It's like sweet perfume and is unforgettable! Lucky for you (and us), you can get canned lychee fruit in most any global market (and many grocery and gourmet stores). Packed in a light syrup, they're perfect for cocktails.

Speaking of unforgettable, that's kinda how we feel about Solbeso. Distilled from cacao, it has a totally unique flavor that just can't be categorized into anything else. It's definitely boozy (that's a good thing) and is a great canvas for all kinds of other flavors in a cocktail. 

When we created this cocktail, the thought was how to enhance the floral aspects of the flavor in both the lychee fruit and Solbeso, and the answer was simple: St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Just a half ounce of St. Germain is enough to tie together the flavors and when balanced with a little acidity from fresh lemon juice, the final result was epic. And that's no lychee.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
coupe or cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Solbeso
1.5 oz lychee syrup (from canned lychee)
.5 oz St. Germain
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
lychee for garnish


method:

Combine the Solbeso, lychee syrup, St. Germain and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the lychee fruit.

Solbeso Sour

Unlike any spirit you've tried before, Solbeso is not tequila, not vodka, not rum and not moonshine - yet it kinda tastes like a mix of all of them. It's distilled from the fruit of the cacao, yes the same cacao that chocolate comes from, and just recently launched in our market. 

It's unique flavor makes it a blast for making cocktails, and we've been trying it in all kinds of stuff. (It makes a killer margarita)

But we can't help but think about that chocolate history. Even though chocolate is actually made from the seeds of the cacao fruit, something about Solbeso just begs to be paired with the same flavors that compliment chocolate - orange, mint, almond, etc. 

For this one, we're using a touch of amaretto liqueur, a little fresh lemon and lime and just a bit of sugar in the form of simple syrup. Trust us, you'll love it!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Solbeso
.5 oz Collins Amaretto Liqueur 
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
cherry for garnish


method:

Add everything but the cherry into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cover and shake the shit out of it for 15 seconds. Strain into your rocks glass with fresh ice and drop in the cherry for garnish.

More Cacao Bell

When we set out to start 3st of the Month, one of the key goals was to turn people on to new shit. There's so much incredible booze out there that's just waiting to get discovered.

Our February 3st of the Month is definitely going to be one of discovery. We're working to bring you all kinds of new (and old) products from the fringes of the liquor store shelves. 

Solbeso is a perfect example of that. Distilled from the fruit the cacao tree (yes, the stuff they make chocolate from!), it's a spirit unlike any other. I doesn't really taste like chocolate though, as it's made from the fruit that surrounds the beans that chocolate is made from. It's really a spirit that defies definition. It's not tequila, it's not vodka, it's not pisco...but it has elements of all of those. Even better yet, they're officially launching their arrival in Nashville at Bitter Lovers, so you'll be able to taste it and decide for yourself what you think it tastes like! 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
coupe glass

ingredients:

2 oz Solbeso 
1 oz pomegranate juice
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
.25 oz demerara syrup
.25 oz Patron XO Cafe Dark
20 drops Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters


method:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to chill for 15 seconds and double-strain into a chilled glass.