Saturday, August 2, 2008

déjà vu in dehli

2 oz Old Monk XXX Rum
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Lime Juice
2 dash Bittermens Tiki Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Last night was my 4th night of cocktails (Tuesday was having friends over, Wednesday was a friend's birthday at the B-side, Thursday was my birthday that ended up at No. 9) where we were celebrating the impending nuptials of some friends at Green Street. Tiredness from the long week of work made me seek out this pleasant sounding cocktail on Green Street's menu which I had not tried before. I am generally not a big fan of the tiki genre but I gave this one a go.

The Old Munk rum is a dark rum infused with vanilla that we own at home after wanting to make a Maharaja's Revenge (2 oz Old Munk, 1 oz apricot brandy, 3/4 oz fresh lime juice, lime wheel garnish) from LUPEC's delightful Little Black Book of Cocktails via Brother Cleve. I am not sure if the Déjà Vu uses the same proportions as that but in essence, it is the same drink after swapping St. Germain for Rothman and Winter Apricot Liqueur.

One difference of course is that the Déjà Vu uses Bittermens Bitters! Instead of trying to describe them, I will just copy and paste from the BB's website:

‘Elemakule Tiki Cocktail Bitters - Winter 2008

Brian Miller - One of the fantastic bartenders Death and Company and tiki enthusiast asked if we ever considered making a Falernum - a classic west indian spiced cordial. Though we’re not doing cordials, we did wonder if it’s possible to actually create a bitter designed with tiki cocktails in mind. It’s a departure from our normal bitters in many ways: the recipe has been simplified in order to make it easy to make at a bar with limited facilities, we’ve developed a new set of bittering agents that play much better tiki drinks and we’ve included a little fresh fruit into the mix.
Primary Flavors: Allspice, Star Anise, Cardamom and Citrus

While my cocktail could have used an extra dash or two of these bitters, they did add a great component to the drink.

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