Top restaurant brand Zuma has partnered with Ron Zacapa, which is widely regarded as one of the best rums in the world to launch the Zuma Zacapa Live Solera. This world first custom-designed cocktail installation replicates the Sisterna Solera, which is a slow ageing process used by Zacapa to mature their rum in a series of American oak barrels.
The version at Zuma consists of four mini-American oak barrels connected to each other. The first three casks have individual flavours, which allows the rum to filter through the barrel system, giving the final drink an intense and unique taste. The three flavours in London Zuma are nettle tea, raspberry eaux de vie and rhubarb bitters.
Once the liquid has travelled through the system, the final drink is presented in a chilled glass with a bespoke piece of hand-cut ice with a distinctive ice stamper. You will be hard-pressed to find a classier, cooler drink in this part of Knightsbridge.
The flavours have been picked to complement the refined nature of Zuma's Japanese cuisine and also to reflect on the local specialties as well as the palate. The nine different Zuma restaurants across the world will have their own individual flavours on offer.
In Miami, the flavours reflect on the tropical vibrancy of the area and include coco nib liqueur, fermented coconut water, Nori and fermented pineapple. Oriental flavours are very much in evidence at the Hong Kong branch with Szechuan and pink peppercorns, fennel seeds and duck fat. Even the latest branch of Zuma, which is due to open in early 2017 in Las Vegas, will have its own distinct flavours.
This ‘cocktail theatre’ system allows customers to engage much more with the cocktail-making process and breaks down the barriers between the bar and its customers. This is a great synergy between two of the brand leaders in their fields: Zuma and Ron Zacapa.
Words by Baldwin Ho