Tuesday, September 26, 2017

cockpit country

1 oz Appleton Estate Signature Rum
1 oz Averna
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Demerara Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Two Tuesdays ago, I ventured down to Backbar for their Appleton Estate Rum night. For a drink, I asked bartender Matthew Conner for the Cockpit Country off of the special menu that he attributed to Carlo Caroscio. I asked Matt if the drink was sort of a riff on the Test Pilot with rum, two sweet modifiers, and lime juice (although sans bitters and absinthe), but I later got my answer from the regular menu that had it as a drink of the week. That described how it was "named after the unique geography that creates the perfect microclimate to create rum." Moreover, the recipe reminded me of some of Luc Thiers' recipes at Backbar such as the Daq in Black.
The Cockpit Country greeted the senses with dark notes over a lime aroma. Next, the sip continued likewise with caramel and lime flavors, and the swallow was a pleasing combination of rum and herbal elements.

1 comment:

Electric Monk said...

Made this over the weekend. Used simple syrup and a rum made at a local distillery (Raileans in San Leon, TX). Rich, hearty cocktail that'll be good in the not-so-cold Texas winter. Look forward to trying it again!