World’s First Evolving Cocktail System Takes Contemporary Japanese Dining Experiene to New Heights with ‘Zuma Zacapa Live Solera’
Ron Zacapa, the most exquisite tasting rum in the world, and the elegant and sophisticated Zuma restaurants today announced an exclusive partnership which will see the world’s first ‘evolving cocktail system’, the ‘Zuma Zacapa Live Solera’, installed across nine Zuma restaurants worldwide from September 2016.
The ‘Zuma Zacapa Live Solera’ is a custom-designed cocktail installation, replicating Zacapa’s famed ‘Sistema Solera’ slow-aging process, where Zacapa rum ages in a series of hand-selected, pre-used American Oak barrels. In these bespoke installations, the Zacapa Rum will slowly filter from barrel to barrel, maturing and infusing with meticulously selected flavors which have been used to season the casks.
Initially featuring in nine of Zuma’s international restaurants, each installation will deliver a bespoke cocktail designed to appeal to local palates and to perfectly complement Zuma’s contemporary Japanese cuisine.
Iconic flavors inspired by the restaurants’ locations, such as rhubarb in London and sesame oil in Hong Kong, have been chosen to flavor the barrels. The rum ages for at least six weeks inside the inverted cask system infusing with these local flavors to produce a unique cocktail.
Matteo Fantacchiotti, Global Commercial Vice President Diageo Reserve said, “We’re truly excited to bring the authentic Guatemalan art of ‘Sistema Solera’ to these nine vibrant cities, working with Zuma restaurants. It is a special opportunity to showcase the distinctive taste and qualities of Zacapa rum to cocktail connoisseurs and food lovers”.
Zuma Group Bar Manager, James Shearer explained, “At Zuma, we are always exploring new ways to interact with our guests, and the ‘Zuma Zacapa Live Solera’ enables them to engage with the bartender – not just from a visual or emotional point of view, but to be part of the process.”
Jimmy Barrat, Bar Development Manager from Zuma Middle East and one of the creative forces behind the project added, “It was really important that the local seasonings used to flavor the barrels were chosen with care and attention, to complement both the modern Japanese cuisine and luxury Zacapa rum. The makeup of cocktail in each restaurant will be the same but the flavour will be authentic to their city. It’s an amazing project to be part of, and we are very excited about sharing it with our customers!”
The ‘Zuma Zacapa Live Solera’ system will officially launch in Zuma Miami on 26th September 2016 and will feature in Zuma London, Hong Kong, Dubai and New York restaurants from week commencing the 3rd October 2016 and Zuma Bangkok, Rome, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi restaurants from week commencing the 17th October 2016.
Zuma Restaurants and Zacapa also partnered with Fluid Movement, pioneers of molecular mixology and modernist bartending, to craft the bespoke ‘Zuma Zacapa Live Soleras’.