Alex Ott at Nuela
Notice the NASA pin on his lapel—haven't you always dreamed of tasting whatever cocktails they drink in space?
Wine and Berries
Add 1/2 ounce strained raspberry puree to a mixing glass, then add four drops of melted semisweet chocolate and 2 1/2 ounces Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fill the mixing glass with ice and shake well for 10 seconds.
Strain and Pour
Place serving glass onto a tray and strain cocktail into glass.
For the Smoked Cream
Pour 2 1/2 ounces heavy cream into a shaker with 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Shake without ice for 10 seconds. Pour gently onto each side of the glass, allowing cream to spread over the surface of the drink.
Shave bittersweet chocolate on top, and garnish with a rose petal if desired. But wait—you're not quite done.
Feel the Spark
With an empty wine glass handy, carefully light the hickory chip on fire.
Hold the smoking wood chip under the wine glass until glass is filled with smoke. Set down wine glass on tray to capture the smoke.
Serve drink next to smoky glass. To infuse the cream, hold the smoky wine glass horizontally at the rim of the cocktail, releasing smoke onto the cream. Enjoy!