Monday, June 27, 2011

[calabura flip]

2 oz Smith & Cross Rum
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz Angostura Bitters
1 oz Demerara Syrup
1 Egg

Dry shake, add ice, and shake again. Double strain into a rocks glass and garnish the foam with drops of Fee's Whiskey Barrel Bitters.

For a drink to go with dessert at Lineage, bartender Ryan Lotz had an idea that kept the continuity with the Final Voyage's rum theme. The idea of a Cherry Heering and rum Flip reminded me of the gin and cherry one that I had several months ago; however, this one upped the ante. Not only was the base spirit more robust, but there was a half pony of Angostura Bitters in the mix as well! Ryan did not have a name for the drink, but based on the Jamaican rum and the cherry liqueur, I am dubbing it the Calabura Flip after the Jamaican Cherry Tree, Muntingia calabura, that has a variety of other names depending on where this species grows.
The Flip presented a cinnamon and cherry aroma from a combination of the Fee's bitters on the garnish and the Heering in the drink; moreover, Angostura Bitters contains cherry wood and other spice notes that might be bolstering these notes as well. Next, the sip was a rich and bitter cherry flavor, and the swallow contained the Angostura's spice and the Smith & Cross potent and funky rum notes. The flavors on the swallow were well balanced in intensity and worked well with the rich and spiced elements in the cherry liqueur.

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