Monday, October 17, 2016


2 oz Blended Aged Rum (Appleton Reserve Blend)
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/4 oz Tawny Port (Sandeman)
1/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
6 drop Tiki Bitters (10 drop Bittercube Jamaican #2)

Stir with ice, strain into a coupe glass, and float a cherry (omit).
Two Mondays ago, I grabbed the Smuggler's Cove Cocktail Book and searched for something straight spirits to match my mood. There, I decided upon the Cuevas (meaning "caves") invented by bartender Dane Barca. Once built, the Cuevas presented a grand aged rum aroma accented with hints of cinnamon. Next, the sip first displayed caramel and grape notes that later developed a certain smokiness, and finally, the swallow offered rum, bitter Punt e Mes, and cinnamon flavors.

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