Thursday, December 1, 2011

girl from jerez

1 oz Rhum Clément VSOP (JM Rhum Gold)
1 oz Mãe de Ouro Cachaça (Seleta)
3/4 oz Lime
1/2 oz Lustau San Emilio Pedro Ximénez Sherry
1 barspoon St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Two Tuesdays ago, I decided to make the Girl from Jerez from the PDT Cocktail Book. The drink was created by Jim Meehan in 2009 when he was inspired by Stan Getz' saxophone work in the 1964 bossa nova hit, "The Girl from Ipanema." As for the Jerez part, Jim softened and sweetened this Daiquiri variation with a Pedro Ximénez sherry.
Once mixed, the Girl from Jerez had a strange vegetal green-brown color from the lime and sherry. The nose was a sweet lime and funky sugar cane spirit aroma that was spiced by the nutmeg garnish. Next, the sip showcased the lime and grape flavors along with a grassy note. The swallow started with the pairing of rhum and cachaça flavors with allspice accents from the liqueur, and it ended with a cleansing wave of lime notes. With the sugar cane spirits, the cachaça seemed to dominate the sip more while the rhum agricole was stronger on the swallow. The combination of grape, rum, and lime reminded me of the Bishop I had at No. 9 Park as well as the Whistler's No Contest that I recently made at home.

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