Cocktail: Mato Grosso | Bartender: Joseph Plant

El “Mato Grosso” describes a region in the Brazilian Amazon. In the non-fictional book, “The Lost City of Z”, Percy Fawcett is close to discovering El Dorado, the city of gold. He had chartered most of South America from 1905-1925 and disappeared during his great quest inside Mato Grosso – the most impenetrable section of the lethal Amazon. This cocktail is dedicated to him. Also, I am majoring in Archaeology, it only feels right for both of my passions to intersect. Enjoy, the Mato Grosso.

Cocktail: Mato Grosso | Bartender Atlas

1 1/2 oz of El Dorado 12 Rum
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz Banane du Bresil
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
2 dashes of Dillon’s orange bitters no. 4
1-2 pinches of Maldon salt Or kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in shaker tin and shake vigorously with ice. Double strain into coupe glass.


Joseph Plant
My best friend was a bartender and he used to mix drinks very often at his house. One night of imbibing, he threw a bartending book at me and said, "You make one." And so, I did. I started bartending first at a local pub, then a Japanese cocktail bar. I had an opportunity to bar back at the best cocktail bar in Calgary, and I took it. Just like Steve Schenider, of "Employees Only", said, "I'd rather be the bar back's bar back here, then head bartender anywhere else." And so, I started working there and learned as much as I could. From there, I began an online blog, a successful Instagram, and I am working on a cocktail catering company. For my blog and Instagram, I offer people within the service industry an opportunity to break into Craft Bartending, whether it be at a notable cocktail bar, or serving quality cocktails for friends at home.
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