Tuesday, November 27, 2012


1/4 wine glass Bacardi (1 1/4 oz El Dorado 3 Year + 1/4 oz Seleta Aged Cachaça)
2/3 jigger Lime Juice (3/4 oz)
2 dash Grenadine (1/2 oz)
2 dash Fernet Branca (1/2 oz)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Two Thursdays ago, I spotted the Nobel in the Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 book. Basically the Nobel was a Bacardi Cocktail with the added touch of Fernet Branca. To suit my tastes, I expanded the two dashes of grenadine and Fernet to be a half ounce each. Moreover, I took the book's editor's suggestion of using a grassier spirit to better replicate what Bacardi Rum used to be like during the 1903-1933 time period.
noble pioneers of mixing at elite bars 1903-1933 fernet branca bacardi lime grenadine
The grassiness of the rum-cachaça combination mixed well with the Fernet Branca's menthol and a fruitiness from the grenadine on the nose; later, the aroma gained coconut notes as well. The lime and pomegranate on the sip were chased by the rums and Fernet on the swallow with a cinnamon-like finish. Overall, I was impressed at how well the rums' grassiness and the Fernet Branca's methol herbal notes paired here.

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