• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with Demian Carpenter: How to make the Resolution

Demian Carpenter, food and beverage director at Cusp Dining & Drinks located inside Hotel La Jolla, is putting his own spin on cocktails. He sat down with Behind the Stick to discuss his refreshing, gin-based cocktail, The Resolution.

The Resolution


1.5 oz. Nolet's Gin .5 oz. Aloe Vera liqueur .5 oz. agave .5 oz. fresh lemon juice 8 mint leaves Chopped cucumber

What’s the origin of The Resolution?

The thought process behind the creation of “The Resolution” was to make a cocktail that tasted amazing, yet appealed to those who wanted to watch their sugar and caloric intake.The only sugar in the drink is the natural sugars derived from the Agave. The result is a wonderfully refreshing and light gin-based cocktail that is extremely easy to drink without any guilt! How would you describe the taste to someone who hasn’t had this before?

The Resolution boast notes of Aloe Vera, fresh lemon, cucumber and mint! It is very light,and extremely drinkable. What would be the key component in this drink?

I believe the key component to this cocktail is the muddled fruit and citrus accentuating the same ingredients used to produce the liquors in the recipe. The Chareau Aloe Vera Liqueur is made with aloe, cucumber, lemon peel, spearmint, and muskmelon. The muddled cucumber, agave and mint bring out the flavors distilled into the liqueur. Nolet's is a gin where the juniper is very muted and the floral notes explode! A good cocktail boasts ingredients that accentuate each other, and that is what I strived to create here.

What reactions do you get from customers when they try this cocktail for the first time?

Guests are usually shocked that this cocktail doesn’t taste like a typical gin cocktail.Although, The Resolution maintains its integrity, and will still appeal to Gin fans, it is much easier to drink than a martini. What are some good dishes to pair this drink with?