Help me figure out how to reproduce this delicious cocktail I drank at Montage in Portland. Secret ingredient? Sriracha hot sauce.
Last week while visiting Portland I went to Le Bistro Montage
. On the menu was a drink called "La Bonita Boracha" (sic) whose ingredients were so ridiculous I had to ask the waiter if it was a joke. As listed on the menu: Aviation gin
, Sriracha hot sauce
, mint, lemon, lime. On the rocks with a salted rim.
I ordered one and damn it was delicious. Didn't taste like a novelty drink at all. It worked as a proper cocktail, albeit a bit odd with the salty / hot / garlicky vibe. The drink also seemed a bit tempered by sweetness. It tasted pretty unique, but the closest comparison I can come up with is Thai tamarind candy
I want to make one at home. I can't go back and bribe a bartender for the recipe and I tried emailing the restaurant but got no response. My first attempt was a nearly undrinkable disaster, so I'm trying to puzzle it out. My guess for the cocktail is 2 parts gin, 1 part sour, 1 part sweet. Add the mint and sriracha as flavouring garnishes.
But I feel like I'm missing something here, particularly since the ingredient list didn't mention anything sweet but I swear it had something. Aviation Gin doesn't look particularly unusual, not like a sweet Jenever or anything. Rose's lime juice? (shudder). Any other hot sauce or garlicky cocktails that I could use as inspiration?