The secret to winning a cocktail contest may be money. No, we’re not talking about bribing any judges or fixing a win. We’re talking about the winning cocktail from this year’s Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition. The winner, Remy Savage of the Little Red Door in Paris, made a drink inspired, you guessed it, by what money might taste like.
The winning drink, called the Paper Anniversary, has just three ingredients: gin, a saline solution, and paper syrup. What is paper syrup you may ask? Savage took the smell of paper, then translated it into an array of tastes including a basic sugar syrup, vanilla, fresh cut grass, gentian root, Suze liqueur, and 10-year-old scotch for some woodiness.
The drink apparently really tastes like paper, with “grassy vanilla” notes that faded into “woody dryness” on the tongue. We’re not sure if that’s a good thing or bad, but tell us, would you sip this elixir of money?