Cocktail: The Pastry War | Bartender Brandon Baker

A cocktail that tells the story of it’s namesake: a battle between Mexico & France, with a peace intervention bartered by the British. It all started because a French baker claimed Mexican officers looted his shop in Mexico City. I chose to use ingredients that represented all aspects of the battle. French Vermouth, Tequila and honey to respect Mexico, and a baking element in the forms of Chocolate Bitters and spice. It is served in a bone-china teacup made in Britain to represent the peace agreement that Britain helped negotiate.

Cocktail The Pastry War | Bartender Atlas

2 oz High-Quality Reposado Tequila, Roca Patron is preferred
0.5 oz Dolin Rouge
0.5 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
0.5 oz 1.5:1 Honey Syrup
8 drops of Ms. Betters Bitters Chocolate Bitters
1 Chai Tea Bag
Orange & Nutmeg for garnish

Place all ingredients except for garnishes into a cocktail tin filled with ice. Shake until diluted and chilled, about 10 seconds. Double fine-strain using two tea strainers and a Hawthorne strainer, as the chai tea bag will have broken up during shaking, into a tea cup (preferably made in Britain). Add one large ice cube, and the orange oil and zest. Finish with freshly grated nutmeg. It is okay to have a small amount of chai tea debris in the bottom of the drink, as this is how tea might look.


Brandon Baker
Brandon is a bartender, musician, and father from Edmonton, AB. Look out for his cocktail blog, Cocktail Essentials, being launched in the coming weeks.
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