Wednesday, June 10, 2020

a million dreams

1 1/2 oz Aged Jamaican Rum (Appleton Signature)
3/4 oz Overproof Jamaican Rum (Wray & Nephew)
2 oz Campari
2 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
6 dash Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

Whip shake, pour into a Tiki bowl, and fill with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple fronds, lemon peel, and flowers (lemon peel and mint).

Two Wednesdays ago, one of Brian Maxwell's quarantine drinks of the day, the A Million Dreams, caught my eye as a Tiki-inspired citrus-driven Kingston Negroni of sorts. The inclusion of passion fruit in the mix reminded me of the Tarzan Boy rhum Negroni, and the lemon juice, Campari, and passion fruit trio brought back memories of Jamie Boudreau's Novara. Brian named his drink after the song from the 2017 P.T. Barnum movie The Greatest Showman.
The A Million Dreams welcomed the nose with a passion fruit and rum bouquet from the mix and mint and lemon notes from the garnish. Next, lemon and pineapple flavors on the sip gave way to funky rum and the Campari-passion fruit combination that came across in a peachy way on the swallow.

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