Tuesday, February 11, 2014

[sargasso sea]

1 oz Cruzan Blackstrap Rum
3/4 oz Cynar
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz St. George Raspberry Liqueur (*)

Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass. Fill with ice cubes, top with 2 oz soda water, and add a straw.
(*) Raspberry syrup would work in a pinch.
Two Thursdays ago, I ventured down to Brick and Mortar where Matthew Schrage and Nic Mansur were manning the stick. Matt mentioned that he had been tinkering with a drink but could not get it right, so he asked for some feedback. After a few iterations, this was my favorite recipe of the bunch. I rather enjoyed its dark herbal aroma that came across as an almost celery note. The dark berry on the sip was brightened by the lime's crispness. Finally, the swallow began with the caramel and molasses flavors and ended with an herbal finish. Later as the ice melted, the swallow gained more pineapple notes.

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