Sunday, April 4, 2010

le sime

1/4 jigger Rum (1/2 oz Zacapa 23)
1/4 jigger Orange Juice (1/2 oz)
1/4 jigger Cherry Brandy (1/2 oz Cherry Heering)
1 barspoon Simple Syrup
1/2 Egg White

Shake one round without ice and one round with; strain into a cocktail glass.

On Monday night, I was flipping through Boothby's 1934 edition of World Drinks and How to Mix Them when I spotted the Le Sime. The orange juice coupled with the cherry brandy made me think of the Blood and Sand regardless of there being no Scotch (or sweet vermouth) in the recipe. Andrea gave the thumbs up for an egg white drink and I decided that this curious recipe needed to be tried.
For a rum, we decided to go richly flavored and splurged on the Zacapa 23. I think Lemon Hart 80 would have worked splendidly here, as would almost any flavorful rum. Our Le Sime started with dark rum aromas coupled with a little bit of cherry and some woody notes. The beginning of the sip was full of rum and spice with some sort of fruitiness on the swallow. This fruitiness was not distinctly orange or cherry but it definitely complemented the taste of the rum.

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