World Class bartender Fabio La Pietra, of SubAstor in São Paulo, has collaborated with Diageo Global Cocktailian Lauren Mote, to create an exclusive tropical bitters, inspired by Brazil and ingredients from the Amazon rainforest, designed to perfectly complement the fresh citrus heart of Tanqueray No. TEN gin.
The new bitters’ liquid is herbaceous, bright, savoury and floral, with a flavour profile that includes grapefruit, lime leaf, and orange. The 120ml bottles are not available to buy and will instead be gifted to elite mixologists at some of the world’s best cocktail bars – this is a tropical bitters that has been created by a world class bartender, for world class bartenders.
La Pietra is head bartender at SubAstor, which was named one of the world’s leading bars by World’s Best Bars 2019. He began his career in his native Italy before moving to London’s award-winning Montgomery Place prior to taking on his current role in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
La Pietra said: “I hope this new bitters recipe will inspire bartenders to get creative with their own takes on classic Tanqueray No. TEN recipes, whether that’s in a T&T, a classic Gimlet, or a 20th century cocktail. Bitters are a game-changer for gin lovers. The best bitters help to balance a drink and make it a little bit more complex, giving the end result a more rounded and complete flavour profile.
“Lauren and I toured the local food markets, botanical gardens, and herb and plant nurseries of São Paulo to find the highest quality, locally, and ethically-sourced ingredients and flavour combinations. I believe we have created bitters that deliver the soul of Brazil and that harmonises beautifully with the aromatic botanicals of Tanqueray No. TEN.”
Travelling the world to find the finest flavour combinations is part of the Tanqueray DNA. Back in 1830, Charles Tanqueray searched the globe for the world’s best ingredients, ultimately choosing juniper, coriander, angelica and liquorice for his definitive gin.
D-J Hageman, Global Head of Tanqueray, said: “Fabio has done an amazing job in bringing together rich, fresh fruit flavours from Brazil and working with Lauren to create this incredible liquid.
“Bitters have always been an important ingredient for cocktails and now the world’s greatest bartenders will be able to experiment with Tanqueray No. TEN Citrus Heart Bitters to revolutionise the way their customers enjoy their gin cocktails. We are thrilled to have collaborated with Lauren to create these incredible bitters.”
“We take pride in working closely with bartenders. It is our commitment to taste and quality that has created a loyal following within the community, with Tanqueray again being voted as the bartenders’ favourite gin - the seventh time we have won this award.”
The 120ml bottle of Tanqueray No. TEN Tropical Citrus Heart Bitters will be made available to bartenders in 2020.