Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Spiritous Occasion



I love spirit-driven cocktails.  After a long day at work, nothing hits the spot like an ice-cold, spirit-forward drink.  Now don't get me wrong, I love a classic Daiquiri, a Tommy's Margarita or any number of citrus-driven libations given the right time and place.  But after a particularly grueling day, unwinding with a Manhattan or Negroni makes everything right in the world.  But I'm always looking for new and interesting spiritous drinks that are not Manhattans, Old Fashioneds or Negronis.  I love rum, but we don't see rum in this style of cocktail very often.  Rum plays well with baking spices and pineapple, so let's start wth that in mind.  Building from there, we decided to split the base spirit between a lightly aged Jamaican rum (overripe banana, molasses, and caramelized pineapple notes) and a VS Cognac (lending dried fruit, baking spices, and orange peel notes).  Instead of using sweet vermouth as the modifier like we would in a Manhattan, we combined a sweetened Oloroso sherry with pineapple gomme syrup (the pineapple gomme lending a subtle tropical note and contributing viscosity and a silky texture to the finished drink).  Add in a few dashes of aromatic bitters for an accent of flavor and to tie everything together...now we're on to something!

A Spiritous Occasion
glass - frozen nick & nora
method - stir and strain
garnish - skewered amarena cherry
.75 oz. Appleton Signature Rum
.75 oz. VS Cognac
.5 oz. Pineapple Gomme Syrup 
.25 oz. Lustau East India Solera Sherry
3 to 4 dashes aromatic bitters


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