1 oz Privateer Amber Rum
1 oz Punt e Mes
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup
1 barspoon Massenez Crème de Mûre
1 pinch Salt
2 dash Angostura Bitters
1 Whole Egg
Shake once without ice and once with. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a dusting of fine espresso coffee grounds.
(*) Coffee liqueur was made from Bully Boy White Whiskey, Tony Maws' house coffee blend containing Guatemalan, Sumatran, and a third type of coffee beans, and the house espresso roast beans. A 24-hour steep followed by straining and sweetening with demerara syrup.
After the Eastern Promise, bartender Ted Gallagher suggested a Flip that recently appeared on the menu. Ted found the drink, the Bramble and Arabica, interesting in how it played with the bitter, fruity, and acid notes found in coffee. Clearly, the Arabica part of the name referred to the coffee part of the drink, and the Bramble was a nod to the blackberry liqueur that also appears in the neo-classic Bramble drink or perhaps just where blackberries can be found. While I have not noted blackberry notes in coffee recently, I have enjoyed the blueberry flavors that appear in the Fair Trade Guatemalan beans that Harvest Co-op in Central sells.