The taste of a drink changes with mood. Life is always a mixture of sweetness and bitterness. Drinks similarly carry a variety of tastes. Are they determined by the mixing skills, quality of the ingredients or mood? Or do the flavours go well only by chance?
Oscar has been bartending for 15 years before joining Four Seasons Hotel Macao in 2017. Skilful at injecting creative elements into cocktails, his works in recent years are marked by an oriental touch.
The Legend of Cocktail
The term “cocktail” originated in the 19th century, but the practice to mix alcohol and other drinks or ingredients dates back to the 16th century. There are many stories as to how cocktail was invented. According to the more popular version, it was invented in a bar in 16th century Europe, where cock tails were used as decoration.
One day, a drunk customer asked for a “cocktail” drink and the bartender improvised by mixing a few different liqueurs. He added water so the customer would not get more drunk. A cock tail was then attached to the glass as a final touch of embellishment. The customer liked it so much that he kept going back and the reputation of the cocktail drink was then spread. Another common belief is that the drink originated in the then French-populated New Orleans, where eggcups, or “coquetiers” in French,were used to measure alcohol tonics. The term was simplified to “cocktay” later and evolved into today’s “cocktail”.
In Britain and America in the 18th century, drinks that mix sugar, water and alcohol are called “sling”. Later with the invention of the refrigeration machine, ice became more accessible and the mixture of drinks became more popular. Cocktails continue to evolve over time and now some even bring skills from molecular gastronomy into the drinks. Making cocktail is always fun because with different ingredients, there are infinite possibilities of colours and tastes. More common alcohol bases include gin, whisky, brandy, tequila, rum,absinthe, vodka and wine. Different types of juice and soda are then added to them. Sometimes, herbs such as cinnamon and basil are also used. There are also different kinds of cocktails. For example, the cosy Hot Toddy is completely different from the smoothie-like Derby Daiquiri. If you drink a cocktail every day for a whole year, it is entirely possible to have 365 different drinks!
澳門四季酒店的“ 名貴酒吧”，近日推出的五款限時雞尾酒就極堪玩味，以 甜、酸、苦、辣、鹹為主題，分為甜（Hi! Sweety）、酸（Sea Cooler）、苦（3month Aged Negroni）、辣（Not So Vegan）、鹹（Dulce de Leche）五味， 據酒吧的首席調酒師Oscar說，這五款酒的靈感來自人類基本味覺：“ 一般的雞尾酒除了酒味大部分都是偏甜的，很悶蛋。既然雞尾酒有無限可能性，那不就以人類可品嚐到的五種味覺做主題？一來好玩，其次是客人在五味雞尾酒中，總會找到一款合適自己的吧！”
Bar Azul at Four Seasons Hotel Macao is currently offering 5 special cocktails for a limited period of time. They are Hi! Sweety, Sea Cooler, 3month Anged Negroni, Not So Vegan and Dulce de Leche, themed around the tastes of sweetness, sourness, bittnerness, spiciness and saltiness. According to Oscar, the principal bartender, the five drinks reflect the five basic tastes of human. “Most cocktails taste only of alcohol and sweetness. It is rather boring.If there are unlimited possibilities for cocktails, why not use the five tastes as a theme? It is going to be fun and customers are likely to find something they like in the five options.”
Oscar更建議吃晚餐時配合這五味雞尾酒，絕對可以“錦上添花”：“先喝辣的 Not So Vegan，喚醒味蕾，也可以吃吃隨杯附送的煙肉薄脆。之後喝淡苦中帶木桶味的3month Aged Negroni，橡木桶的香味令嗅覺也醒覺了。吃飯時就喝帶酸的Sea Cooler增進食慾，吃甜品時就可喝甜的 Hi! Sweety及甜中帶鹹的Dulce de Leche，尤其是 Dulce de Leche，因為有奶油成份，配甜品一絕。”5杯限時雞尾酒供應期只到2019年2月下旬，生命有時，感受人生五味也有時！
Oscar recommended pairing the five cocktails with dinner dishes. “Before eating, one could go for the spicy Not So Vegan to stimulate the taste buds. It also goes well with the crispy bacons that come with the drink. Following that,the slight bitter 3month Aged Negroni further wakes up the senses with its oak aroma. During dinner, the acidic Sea Cooler stimulates the appetite, while Hi! Sweety goes perfectly with dessert. Dulce de Leche is another excellent option over dessert for its slight salinity and creamy texture. The cocktails are served until February 2019. Time in life is limited, so why not savour the different tastes in it while you can?
名貴酒吧 Bar Azul
1/F, Four Seasons Hotel Macao,
Estrada do Istmo, Coloane-Taipa
電話 Tel: +853 2881 8888