I'm competing in a friend's Iron Chef Mixology Battle this weekend, and I'd like to go in as prepared as possible. I don't know yet what the theme ingredient will be, but I'd like to have a range of options to play with. I've been steeping fruits, etc., but anything else I can wow the judges with? I'm pretty solid at mixing the classic cocktails, but I don't think just that's gonna cut it.
Thanks very much!