Wednesday, July 16, 2008

hesitation cocktail

1 part Swedish Punsch
1 part rye

Swedish Punsch
3 parts 1:1 simple syrup
2 parts Batavia Arrack
1 part lemon juice
nutmeg (1/4 tsp grated to 500mL)
cardamom (8 pods to 500mL)

My last drink at Deep Ellum came by way of Max Toste's suggestion for a Hesitation Cocktail. Previously, he had made me a Waldorf Cocktail that had gin and Swedish Punsch (and possibly other ingredients) which was rather good, so a rye version sounded appealing. I had heard of the cocktail from the Savoy cocktail book, but had never made it since we have not yet gotten around to making our own Punsch (despite buying a bottle to use for that specific purpose). Again, Max's version strays from the Savoy which has less whiskey in it.

I provided Max's alteration of the Swedish Punsch recipe from the one on the Batavia Arrack bottle. Despite the drink being 1/4 volume of 1:1 simple syrup, the drink was not overly sweet and was rather well balanced. The extra rye in the drink probably assisted in this balance given my tastes.

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