Monday, May 20, 2013


1 oz Batavia Arrack
1 oz Cocchi Americano
3/4 oz Amaro Nonino
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

After Myers & Chang, we stopped into Craigie on Main on the way home. For a first drink, I asked bartender Ann Thompson for the Passaggio created by Jared Sadoian. Jared later explained that it was his gateway to bitter drinks idea to bring guests into appreciating amaros and the like. Moreover, the Passaggio has a bitter edge but it is a little sweet and easy to drink. When I enquired about the Batavia Arrack, Jared explained that it was originally a rhum agricole drink (1 1/2 rhum, 1 Cocchi Americano, 1/2 Nonino) until this menu item depleted their agricole stock.
The orange twist contributed greatly to the Passaggio's aroma at first but later more and more Batavia Arrack notes crept in. The sip had the continuation of citrus notes along with the caramel from the Amaro Nonino, and the swallow showcased the Batavia Arrack's funk balanced by the rich herbal notes.

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