Little Dragon by Humberto Marques from Curfew - one of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen. Photo by Alexander Banck Petersen, photographer for Cocktails of Copenhagen.

Little Dragon

Curing the bites of venomous beasts

Humberto Marques made “Little Dragon” as a refreshing addition to the summer menu at Curfew. Soon after it was selected for the annual publication “101 best cocktails of the year” by the bartender icon Gary Regan.

Little Dragon is an interesting mix of mango, tarragon and green tea that will equally excite and intrigue your taste buds.

5 cl tanqueray
2 cl dry sherry
4 cl mango puree
2 sprigs of fresh tarragon
2 cl lemon juice
1,5 cl honey
A pinch of green tea powder

Shake over ice and strain into an ice filled goblet. Garnish with a sprig of tarragon.

“Tarragon” is a corruption of the French Esdragon, derived from the Latin Dracunculus (a little dragon). It was sometimes called little Dragon Mugwort and in French has also the name Herbe au Dragon. This, like other Dragon herbs, was ascribed the faculty of curing the bites and stings of venomous beasts and of mad dogs…

Considering the gin and sherry in this cocktail – Humberto’s Little Dragon has a venomous bite of its own, and a little too many of those will surely kick you off your feat.

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.