Tuesday, November 17, 2020

doomscroller

2 oz Plantation OFTD Overproof Rum
1/2 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/4 oz Vanilla Syrup
1/4 oz Allspice Dram (Hamilton's)
1/2 oz Benedictine
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Whip shake with crushed ice, pour into a Tiki mug, fill with crushed ice, and garnish with mint sprigs and freshly grated nutmeg.

As election night approached, I found myself spending a lot more time on social media and newsfeeds looking for tidbits of information about the various races. On the day itself, I spotted the term "doomscrolling" to describe what I and many of us were doing on our phones. The word reminded me of some of Jason Alexander's drinks like the Doomsayer's Grog and the Requiem for a Doomed Star, so I thought about creating a Tiki drink inspired by his style instead of searching through books for the some liquid distraction. Jason is a big fan of Plantation OFTD Rum, and I supplemented that with some rather smoky Scotch to amplify the doom quotient. To balance the lime juice, I opted for passion fruit syrup and Don's Spices as sweeteners which also feature prominently in Jason's creations. To tie together the aggressive rum and the burly Scotch, Benedictine seemed to be the answer to round off the drink with perhaps Shruff's End in mind. Usually, I come up with the recipe before the name, but the stress of election day helped to reverse the flow with the Doomscroller.
The Doomscroller cursed the nose with a woody spice and mint bouquet. Next, lime and caramel on the sip launched into funky rum, smoke, tropical, vanilla, and allspice flavors on the swallow. Overall, it was rather well balance to my palate, and it disguised its alcoholic potency quite well.

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