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.
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.
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.