2 oz Haitian Rum (Barbancourt 15 Year)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1/4 oz Simple Syrup (Demerara preferable)
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass.
On Monday night after my DJing gig, we stopped into Eastern Standard for dinner and a cocktail. When I asked bartender Paul for something with rum, Aaron Butler of Drink (soon to be of Russell House Tavern) was sitting to our left and joined in on the discussion. Aaron suggested a Daiquiri variant called the Haitian Witch, which is kind of eerie considering the disaster that happened in Haiti the next day. The variance in the Daiquiri recipe came in the addition of Cherry Heering liqueur instead of some of the simple syrup and the inclusion of Peychaud's bitters for spice. Both extra ingredients donated an curious reddish hue to the Haitian Witch. The drink itself started with a lime nose and grassy notes with lime flavors on the sip. The Heering's cherry and the bitter's spice appeared at the end of the swallow along with a little of the rum's heat. Midway through my drink, Andrea noticed that the house iPod had started playing Frank Sinatra's "Witchcraft" that added another level of intrigue to the cocktail experience that night.