Tuesday, October 4, 2016

free rider

1 oz Lemon Hart 151 Proof Rum
1 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz Fernet Branca
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
3/4 oz Lime Juice
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Either build in a Tiki mug, add crushed ice, and swizzle to mix and chill or shake with ice, strain into a Tiki mug, and fill with crushed ice (the swizzle route). Garnish with mint.

Two Tuesdays ago, I decided to make a Tiki drink that popped up on the BarNotes app website called the Free Rider. The drink was originally posted for the 2012 Tiki-themed Mixology Monday on the Whistler-Chicago blog by bar co-owner Billy Helmkamp. Billy described his creation as, "It's an herbal, tropical sour I call the Free Rider. Much like the song it was named after, this drink is a mashup of sorts. It was inspired by two of my favorite cocktails at the moment: Robert Hess' Voyager and Jeffrey Morganthaler's Kingston Club." Moreover, the combination of Benedictine, Fernet, and Angostura Bitters reminded me of the Old Field.
Once prepared, the Free Rider shared a mint aroma to the nose that preceded the lime, caramel, and pineapple sip. Next, the swallow was loaded with flavors including a bounty of rum, herbal, and menthol notes.

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