Thursday, June 2, 2011

maroquet swizzle

2 oz Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc
1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/4 oz Lime Juice
1 dash Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Grenadine

Add grenadine to the bottom of a Highball glass. Gently add crushed ice and other ingredients. Swizzle to mix while taking care not to disturb the grenadine layer on the bottom. Garnish with mint sprigs and a few drops of Pernod; add a straw.

Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I attended another of Ben Sandrof's Sunday Salons. The first drink on the menu that lured me in was the Maroquet Swizzle. Ben explained that Maroquet was a small fishing village located on the most eastern part of Martinique. The location explained the Martinician rum as well as the presence of the grenadine on the bottom. Why the grenadine? Well, Ben reasoned that it was the the part of the island that would see the dawn first, and thus, the grenadine was in the style of a Tequila Sunrise.
The mint sprigs and Pernod's anise pleasantly greeted the nose. The first sips of the Maroquet Swizzle possessed the sweetness and fruitiness of the grenadine, and later sips contained a crisp grapefruit flavor aided by the rhum agricole's grassiness. Lastly, the rhum agricole's funky notes rounded out the drink on the swallow.

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