Wednesday, December 2, 2020

frau holle

1 1/2 oz Zacapa 23 Rum
3/4 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
3/4 oz Cynar
1/4 oz Smith & Cross Rum

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary (grapefruit twist).

Two Wednesdays ago, I opened up my other recent acquisition of Brian Bartel's The United States of Cocktails. There in the Idaho section, I was intrigued by the Frau Holle by Boise bartender Samuel Bishop. This drink named after a character in a Grimm Brothers' fairy tale reminded me of a few cocktails like the Desk Job, but nothing with that exact combination.
The Frau Holle met the nose with a bright grapefruit oil over darker caramel, smoke, and rum funk aromas. Next, the caramel from the dark rum and Cynar filled the sip, and the swallow brought forth the rum flavors along with chocolate, funk, and vanilla blending in the Cynar's herbal elements.

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