1 oz Aged Rum (El Dorado 12 Year)
1 oz Bourbon, preferably overproof (George T. Stagg)
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
Lightly muddle the cardamom. Add rest of ingredients plus ice, shake, and double strain into a coupe glass. Optional garnish of a cardamom shoot.
On Sunday night, it was time for cocktails and I decided to break out of my rut of making classic cocktails and opened up the Food & Wine: Cocktails 2009 book and found the Punky Monkey. The drink was in the section written by Joaquin Simo of Manhattan's Death & Company; the Punky Monkey is his Tiki-style cocktail and refers to his nickname for his fiancée when she is being a smartypants. As a further tribute, his inclusion of cardamom flavors reflects her love of Indian spices.