Tarquin Melnyk's Very Upmarket eggnog an umami approach to a holiday classic

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      There are few cocktails better suited to accompanying tree decorating and gift wrapping than eggnog.

      Last week at Kraken’s second annual Eggnog Cocktail competition, five local mixologists brought their unique takes on the drink to the table, but it was Tarquin Melnyk, bartender at Bambudda Gastown and writer at Justcocktails.org, who placed first with his umami approach to the classic holiday beverage.

      The unexpected savoury veal jus pairs well with the Caribbean notes of cinnamon, spice, cloves, and nutmeg found within the Angostura aromatic bitters. Melnyk used natural wormwood bitters from his soon-to-launch company, Ms. Betters, and a touch of atomized Fernet Branca to finish. 

      Tarquin Melnyk's Very Upmarket Eggnog


      2 parts Kraken Black Spiced Rum
      2 parts organic Avalon eggnog
      1 part veal jus
      1 part simple syrup
      2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
      2 dashes Ms. Betters Wormwood bitters
      Topped with atomized Fernet Branca


      Shake all ingredients on ice and strain into a stemmed liquer glass. Top with Fernet Branca and serve.

      Check out the other four recipes from last week's competition here