Balance and harmony are the essential qualities driving the artful execution of an elegant cocktail. The cocktail should be served with food or on any occasion that is uniquely suited to it. Fresh, quality ingredients, the complexity of their flavors, evolve with the collaborative talents of Mixologist and Chef. The result is a perfect pairing of food and drink. Junior Merino identifies five elements contributing to an enjoyable and memorable cocktail. First-the visual, the beauty of the creation. Second-the scent of the combined ingredients. Third-taste; the harmonious interplay of all parts. Fourth-balance; the creation of something greater than the sum of the parts. Fifth-the human element; the dedication, passion, the knowledge and respect-without these none of the above would be possible.