After brunch at the wonderful Randall and Aubin in Brewers street, Soho, where the peerless Belvedere Vodka had a launch party for their newly launched Bloody Mary infusion, I headed to Quo Vadis to experiment with it a little more. Although a superbly conceived and crafted infusion, the strong, rooty horseradish undertow had me reaching for tequila type drinks, and I felt its benefits were better served in other ways. But to start with, James Estes (or Jimmy Kane to his pop groupies), and Zdanek Kastenek, Head Bar Manager helping me create three new drinks with it during a slack Tuesday afternoon.
This is the Bucking Mule. Cucumber and mint, muddled into 35ml of Belvedere Bloody Mary and 5/10 ml of passionfruit syrup and 10ml of lime juice. Shaken then topped up with ginger beer. Cucumber garnish.