1/2 oz Ginger-Honey Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass pre-rinsed with Batavia Arrack.
For my second cocktail at the Banks 5 Island Rum event, I was drawn to John Gertsen's creation. His drink, the Panacea named after the the Greek goddess of healing, was a take on Manhattan bartender Sam Ross's cure-all, the Penicillin. Whereas the Penicillin uses a smoky single malt Scotch to add accent to a blended one, the Panacea calls for a Batavia Arrack to shift the direction and focus of the rum blend to something a bit spicier and funkier. For completion's sake, I should mention Sam's other paired cocktail, the Little Branch Cocktail, which jazzes up tequila with a hint of Mezcal.