Saturday, September 30, 2017

touch of love

3 oz Black Strap Rum (1 1/2 oz Cruzan)
3 oz Bourbon (1 1/2 oz Fighting Cock 103)
3 oz Amaro Montenegro (1 1/2 oz)
1 oz Curaçao (1/2 oz Van der Hum)
5 oz Pineapple Juice (2 1/2 oz)
2 oz Lime Juice (1 oz)

Shake with ice and strain over fresh ice in a Tiki punch bowl. Top with soda (4 oz in the Tiki mug) and garnish with mint.
For the drink hour two Saturdays ago, I was drawn to a Tiki punch that I had spotted on Imbibe Magazine online. The recipe was the Touch of Love crafted by Jesse Bernal of Whisler's in Austin, Texas, where it currently resides on the menu. Jesse named the drink after the explanation his mom used to give as to why dinner turned out better this time. Once prepared, the Touch of Love gave forth a mint and citrussy aroma over darker notes from the black strap rum. Next, a carbonated caramel and lime sip led into dark rum, orange, tangerine, and pineapple on the swallow. Overall, the feel of the drink was dark, brooding, and murky like the Tar Pit and the Dirt'n'Diesel while mirroring some of the Jungle Bird's structure.

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