How good is your taste?

Did you know that 25 per cent of adults can’t taste bitterness? Or that the scientist who discovered “umami” also invented MSG? Or that it's possible to make a Thai curry cocktail that actually tastes pretty good? 

These are just a few of the things Esquire discovered at a recent Taste By Appointment evening with Grey Goose. The idea is to learn a bit about how we detect flavours (are you a super taster?), to eat delicious canapés, to mix a few drinks and – best of all – to have a cocktail made for you by Grey Goose ambassador Joe McCanta in a Taste Appointment.

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In our meeting with Joe, we had quite a specific request: could he mix us something Asian-inspired: spicy, salty and fragrant? The genius recipe he came up with is below. If you can get hold of the ingredients, give it a go — it’s seriously delicious. Equally, McCanta can create a bespoke drink from the vaguest ideas or fussiest palates – so if you never know what to order at the bar, this is your chance to find your perfect drink.

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There are still a few tickets (£15 for a vodka-packed two-hour session) remaining. Grey Goose Taste By Appointment takes place at Paramount, Centre Point (a spot-on venue for a sunny evening) until Saturday 4 June.

 

For more details and tickets, go to greygoosetaste.com/taste-by-appointment

 

To try Esquire’s bespoke recipe, you will need:

40ml Grey Goose vodka; 15ml Orgeat Syrup; 15ml Agave simple syrup; 30ml Fresh lime juice; 1 handful of purple basil; 1Ž2 stick lemongrass; 3 pieces of fresh ginger;

3 Kaffir lime leaves, torn; spice mix of equal parts – black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper, sea salt

 

Method: Muddle the purple basil, lemongrass, fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaves. Add all other ingredients into shaker. Strain into a coupette.