Wednesday, March 4, 2009


3/4 oz Averna
1/2 oz Nux Alpina
1 1/2 oz Rhum JM Blanc
1/4 oz Old Monk Rum

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Twist an orange peel over the top and discard.

For my second cocktail at Drink, I diverged momentarily from aromatized wine and requested that Misty make me a drink with some sort of amaro. She ended up choosing two: Averna, a full-bodied Italian Alpine herbal and floral liqueur, and Nux Alpina, a rich liqueur flavored with walnut from a nearby region in Italy. While Misty knew that she wanted to pair it with the white rhum agricole, she hesitated on the fourth ingredient for a while. She ended up picking Old Monk, a dark rum spiked with vanilla, which added a nice contrast to the Rhum JM Blanc. The drink itself was full of rich and funky flavors with a grassy-nutty one predominating. The richness of the drink's darker components gave a delightful smoothness that was punctuated with a sharp and bitter finish.

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