Monday, May 2, 2016


2/3 St. Croix Rum (2 oz Plantation 5 Year Barbados)
2 dash Maraschino (1/4 oz Luxardo)
2 dash Crème de Vanilla (1/4 oz Navan)
1 dash Angostura Bitters

I prepared this recipe like an Old Fashioned. Build in a rocks glass, add a large cube, and stir to chill and mix.
For a nightcap two Wednesdays ago, I selected Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 for inspiration. The Babbit stood out as an interesting Old Fashioned-liked drink and the idea of a rum Old Fashioned with vanilla syrup or liqueur like in the Dusty Trail sold me on it. In the glass, the vanilla mingled pleasantly with the rum's caramel on the nose. The aged rum richness continued on into the sip, and the rest of the rum notes along with nutty, vanilla, and clove-laden spice filled the swallow. As the ice melted, the Maraschino's cherry notes became more prominent in the balance.

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