7 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069791 – this is the address of the OPERATION DAGGER. Luke Whearty is co-owner and the head-bartender of this bar, which is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. In this unique bar with laboratory-style charm and an artistic light installation of [no idea how many …] light bulbs, Luke performs exciting experiments with various liquids. The result of blending »sous-vide cooked« or »fermented« ingredients are outstanding drinks, which are also offered »omakase«. This Japanese phrase means: »I’ll leave it up to you«. If you order this way, you will get six individually prepared cocktails each served with a matching snack.
The »bee pollen« is a good example for a drink in »operation dagger style« and we are really more than just a bit proud to offer you the recipe for it.
[RECIPE BY LUKE WHEARTY]
Low Cut Glass
Sous-vide & stirred
Chocolate thyme twig
THAT'S HOW IT IS
This drink has to be prepared »on stock«. The recipe will serve several portions.
Gomme sirup [gummi arabicum]
fresh thyme twigs
bee pollen for garnish
Pour Rye Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey, Gomme, Abbotts Bitter, Angostura Bitter and Bee pollen into a vacuum bag and evacuate [vacuumize].
Cook »sous-vide« for 4 hours at 45°C.
Once »cooked«, strain mixture through a fine muslin cloth and pour into a bottle, to store for service.
For serving, pour as much as you like, into a low-cut glass with ice cubes and
garnish with a chocolate-thyme twig.
Desiccate Thyme stalks in a dehydrator overnight.
Melt dark chocolate and dip individually thyme stems.
Wipe off excess chocolate and dredge/dust with lemon charcoal and bee pollen. Place in freezer for service.
BEE POLLEN | GRAINS OF POLLEN
To get a part of the flower pollen, the beekeepers use a »pollen trap« at the entrance of the beehive. This is a fairly fine-meshed grid, through which the bees must fly when they want to return to their beehive. The loose flower pollen, which hang on the hind legs of the bees, are stripped off as they fly through the trap, and then collected in a container below. After that the pollen is immediately removed of impurities and dried. This is the only way to get pollen without other additives that have the full nutritional value.
A good time for everyone out there!
And what will you drink tonight?