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WITH DIEGO BARCELLOS DE CARVALHO – WORLD CLASS FINALIST 2013
COLOURFUL COCKTAILS AND MEMORABLE EVENINGS
For our latest feature cocktail we’re talking to World Class Brazil winner Diego Barcellos de Carvalho about how a trip to a South Pacific island inspired him to create something magnificent.
How do you go about creating drinks? Do you have a particular style?
My first step is identifying the base spirit – do I want vodka, rum, gin etc.? After this I look at flavours – am I looking to make a citrusy cocktail? Maybe something spicy? Then I start creating, using the best of what my country has to offer, namely our wide range of delicious fruits. I have a modern style that ensures I always find the perfect balance of ingredients in an interesting way.
What was the inspiration for Moorea Volcano?
The cocktail was inspired by the beautiful South Pacific island of Moorea - Tahiti’s next-door neighbour - and the generous hospitality I received when I was in French Polynesia.
It contains dragon fruit and papaya, flavours that represent both Moorea and my homeland of Brazil. I also use a homemade syrup infused with coriander seed to give it an even more intriguing flavour.
Tell us a bit about your bar.
Mr Lam is a smart Chinese restaurant that sits behind huge floor-to-ceiling windows in the affluent residential neighbourhood of Lagoa. The menu offers exquisite Chinese food enriched with a hint of Brazilian flavour, which has definitely influenced me in my work. The techniques and rituals that the Chinese use to create their food inspire me – I now use tea in many of my cocktails.
And finally, what do you love about your job?
Being able to provide my customers with colourful cocktails and memorable evenings.