L2Lenina is a cocktail that our friend Mauri Jiménez shares with us, this is his new creation presented to the cocktail competition Putting Pen to Shaker 2014 presented by The Poshmakers.

This is a cocktail with tiki inspiration because he compares “The Reserve” with Polinesia. This drink receives the name for one of the protagonists of the book “Un Mundo Feliz” (Brave New World) written by Aldous Huxley.

He makes some parallelisms with the story and the ingredients that he choose for the recipe, and he explains it to us:

The Virgin Gorda rum, of clear British tradition, despite of contains Trinidad and Barbados rum, obtains the character of the Jamaican rum. We could associate the strength of the British tradition with the mechanicist regim narrated on the book.

Agave syrup and cinnamon syrup (contained on Don’s Mix) represents the sweet attraction between Lenina and John The Savage.

Mint and Lemongrass represents “The Reserve” vegetation, and the allspice is an allegory of the new feelings arising inside Lenina, who is searching an spicy touch in her life.

Lime and white grapefruit represents the acid and bitter moment who our protagonist has to go through, being hard to left behind all the things she knows.

  • 1½ oz Virgin Gorda British Caribbean Rum
  • 0,3 oz Ish Limed Gin infused with lemongrass*
  • ¼ oz Aka Vodka infused with allspice**
  • 0,85 oz Don's Mix ***
  • 0,3 oz Agave Syrup
  • ½ oz Lime juice
  1. Shake with ice cubes.
  2. Double strain in a Erlenmeyer Flask with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with Lemongrass, a mint sprig and a white grapefruit peel.
*Gin infused with fresh lemongrass for 10 days.

** Vodka infused with allspice for 3 days.

*** Don's Mix: 2 parts fresh white grapefruit juice and 1 part cinnamon syrup

L1 © Photographies: Marcelo Ganança

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  1. Tiare August 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Interesting drink! and I love your photography! your blog has become one of my fav blogs together with Atomic Grog, the Bums blog and Cocktailwonk.

    1. Oriol Elias August 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Helena, is a compliment to me that you say that!!!!Mahalo nui loa!!!!

      About this drink is a recipe of a friend from Barcelona who makes interesting things, he send me the recipe and the pics…in this post the pics are not mine!!! The pics are of the photographer Marcelo Ganança.

      My pics have always a watermark with the Three of Strong logo…when it didn’t appear, the pics are not taken by me.


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