Ron Abuela Rum
Old Monk Rum
b) 2 Sugar Cubes
Modified Angostura Bitters
Fee's Whiskey Barrel Bitters
The sugar cubes and bitters in (b) were muddled in a rocks glass. The citrus peels were scraped against the remaining sugar crystals and left in the glass. The rums and liquours in (a) were stirred with ice and strained into the rocks glass. Becherovka in (c) was added to a snifter, lit with a lighter, and poured while flaming into the rocks glass. A large ice cube was added to the glass.
My notes state that the modified Angostura was adulterated with cardamom, cherry bark, and other botanicals, and that his Swedish Punsch (he did not call it that but citrus and cardamom flavors made it sound as such) was Batavia Arrack with grapefruit and orange peel, cardamom, and possible another spice or two that I missed. So with the Batavia Arrack, technically there were 3 rums in this old fashioned. Tastewise, it was very herbal and intense in the bitters signature. Clove was an evident flavor most likely stemming from the Becherovka, and the citrus oils from the peels were strong on the nose throughout the drink. The two dark rums donated a robust richness to carry the spice and bitters. Overall, it was a great drink both in show and in taste. Calling it an old fashioned does not do the drink justice. Perhaps an old fashioned on
As I was finishing this drink, Andrea showed up and ordered some dinner and wine. I was pretty cocktailed out by this point, so I finished the evening with a bottle of Orval, a complex Belgian beer that made for a fine transition. We did stop back in to Green Street's Inauguration Party and said hello to a few people before departing for home.