Friday, February 11, 2011

[navy dock daiquiri]

1 1/2 oz Smith & Cross Rum
3/4 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

For my last drink on Sunday night, bartender Will Thompson wanted to return to Cynar liqueur in a Daiquiri-like drink he developed using Smith & Cross Rum. While most of the time Cynar is used in straight spirits drinks, Cynar does pair up well with citrus such as in the Mortal Sunset (orange), Peralta (grapefruit, lemon), and Wayne Curtis' Tango #2 variation (orange). As for lime juice, the only one I have had before was the Violet Hour's Kyle Davidson's Art of Choke that Maksym Pazuniak made me at the Cure Bar, and the lime did work well with the Cynar.
Will's drink greeted me with a dark note from the aged molasses rum and the Cynar and with a nutty one from the Maraschino liqueur. The sip presented a sweet lime flavor with the funkiness of the Maraschino. Other aspects of the Maraschino continued on in the swallow along with the bitter herbalness of the Cynar which coupled well with the potent Jamaican rum. When I let Andrea have a taste, she commented "this is really old school," and she noted that the funky rum aroma had a bit of a salinity or brininess to it. With the history of London Dock Rum and the Smith & Cross' navy strength proofage, I dubbed this drink the Navy Dock Daiquiri.

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