I’m a fan of Русский Стандарт, English translation: Russian Standard, this is one vodka I can drink neat. It’s very smooth, almost too smooth, if that’s even possible. There is no overwhelming alcohol bite or bitterness to this vodka, it drinks like silk all the way.
The luncheon at The Setai was two-fold. One: to bring attention to the brand and the contest and Two: spotlight the two finalists from Maimi who placed in the top 10 of the competition. The contest was to submit an original cocktail recipe inspired by an emotion, thus the “Emotion in a Glass” competition. Mixologists chose an emotion, created a recipe and put what they believed those feelings would taste like into a glass. The two mixologists from Miami are, Walid Hamid of Sra. Martinez (Th-Su) and The Forge (M-Tu) and Philip Khandehrish of The Setai, South Beach.
Walid’s cocktail is Victory and Phillip’s cocktail is Love. I encourage you to try both cocktails at their respective restaurants and then vote for the one you like best on the Russian Standard Vodka Facebook page. I checked out the page and we need to help our boys. They need more votes to get the to the top 5 to make it to the final round of judging.
Here are the voting specs:
The top bartender’s recipe that receives the most “Likes” on Facebook will be entered into the top 5 finalists. Recipe judging criteria will be based on taste, creativity, appearance, texture and ability to connect to the defined emotion.
The winner will receive national coverage in Food & Wine magazine and an educational trip for two to Russia, which includes a visit to the $60 million Russian Standard Vodka state of the art distillery in St. Petersburg.
The final judging panel will include members from the United States Bartenders Guild, Russian Standard Vodka and Food & Wine Magazine. Click here to vote for your favorite Miami-made Russian Standard Vodka cocktail.
Lunch at The Setai as I’m sure you can imagine was nothing short of wonderful. Whatever you’ve heard or imagine The Setai to be, it is. They have set high standards for delivering exceptional customer service and they are meeting it, if not exceeding it, from the valet to the managers. It was my first time at The Setai and I have to say it was a lovely experience. I don’t know what I was thinking having just had lunch but I was hoping to have something at The Pool & Beach Bar, the Setai’s oceanside restaurant. I didn’t, so I suppose there will have to be a next time.
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Yuzu marinated yellowtail, mirin and sake hearts of palm, hijiki, avocado and mango
Chilled Soba Noodles.
Warm wild mushrooms with white truffle ice cream and truffle vinaigrette
Organic Scottish Salmon.
Tangerine glaze, pickled cucumber, shaved baby spring vegetables and daikon
Chicken Green Curry.
Thai eggplants, bamboo shoots, coconut milk and basil jasmine rice
Kaffir Lime Parfait
Lemongrass Mango Sorbet
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