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The A-Z Cocktail with Twenty-Six Ingredients

On February 4th, Bompas & Parr, a London culinary design studio is debuting their A-Z Cocktail at the bar and in some room mini-bars at the W New York in Times Square. This cocktail is an experiment using twenty-six ingredients all beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. Co-founder of Bompas & Parr, Harry Parr states that, “It would be all too easy to randomly combine a minibar’s worth of ingredients and make something undrinkable. The challenge here was to create something beyond novelty for its own sake and end up with a balanced drink.” And, what a drink they created!

The list of ingredients pulls spirits from all over the world. Vermouth from Italy, rum from Guyana, bitters from the U.S., Puerto Rican rum, Mexican mescal… In total there are eight rums, seven liqueurs, three cognacs, two bitters, two aperitifs, one mescal, one vermouth, one gin, and one cachaça. That is an extensive list! The taste? Well, it is said to taste like a Ricola cough drop – but in a good way!

Here is the full list:

  • 1 dash A – Angostura Bitters (Trinidad)
  • 2 oz B – Botran Solera Rum (Guatemala)
  • 1 oz C – Cointreau Liqueur (France)
  • 2 oz D – Diplomatico Rum (Venezuela)
  • 2 oz E – El Dorado 12 Year Old Rum (Guyana)
  • 2 oz F – Frapin Cognac (France)
  • 1 oz G – Grand Marnier Liqueur (France)
  • 2 oz H – Havana Club Añejo Rum (Puerto Rico, U.S.)
  • 2 oz I – Ilegal Mezcal (Guatemala)
  • 2 oz J – J.M. Rhum (Martinique)
  • 1 oz K – Kamm & Sons Apertif (U.K.)
  • 2 oz L – Louis Royer VSOP Cognac (France)
  • 2 oz M – Martell VS Cognac (France)
  • 2 oz N – Nine Leaves Rum (Japan)
  • 2 oz O – Old Vatted Demerara Rum (Guyana)
  • 1 oz P – Pimento Dram Liqueur (Germany)
  • 1 oz Q – Quagli Berto Rosso Vermouth (Italy)
  • 1 dash R – Regan’s Orange Bitters (U.S.)
  • 2 oz S – Sipsmith Sloe Gin (U.K.)
  • 1 oz T – Tipples British Fruit Liqueurs (U.K.)
  • 1 dash U – Underberg Herbal Tonic (Germany)
  • 1 oz V – Velvet Falernum
  • 2 oz W – Wray & Nephew Rum (Jamaica)
  • 1 oz X – Xante Pear Liqueur (France)
  • 2 oz Y – Yaguara Cachaça (Brazil)
  • 1 oz Z – Zoco Pacharán Liqueur (Spain)