1/2 oz Brandy (Pedro Domecq Fundador Solera Reserva)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
3 dash Peach Bitters (Fee Brothers)
10-15 leaf Mint
Muddle mint in a hightball glass and add rest of the ingredients, top with ice, and stir (shake mint with ingredients and double strain into a Tiki mug; fill with crushed ice). Garnish with a mint sprig (mint and a lime wheel).
While reading Duggan McDonnell's great cocktail tribute Drinking the Devil's Acre, I came across his adaptation of Donn Beach's Missionary's Downfall. This past summer, I enjoyed the one that Beachbum Berry's staff made for me at Latitude 29; that one was true to the one Berry published albeit with less mint and a slightly different Caribbean rum. Duggan's version did away with the blender and swapped honey syrup and peach-flavored liqueur for simple syrup and peach-flavored bitters in a stirred libation (true, I shook mine). It also upped the alcohol content slightly which is amusing since when I ordered it at Latitude 29, I asked the bartender for the least alcohol-laden drink because I had a big night and many hours to go.