Tuesday, September 4, 2012

golden fiddle

2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Rum
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Crème de Cassis
1/2 oz Willet Rye
1 barspoon Kübler Absinthe
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Build in a Collins glass with crushed ice. Swizzle to mix and chill, garnish with a flamed spritz of Angostura Bitters (not done with my drink), and add a straw.

One of the drinks at the Appleton Remixology was created by Tyler Wang of No. 9 Park. He based his drink off of the Charlie Daniels Band's The Devil Went Down to Georgia and thus riffed on the El Diablo. Since Tyler and the others were busy performing, various bartenders from Eastern Standard, Hawthorne, Trina's Starlite Lounge, and Local 149 were making the contestants' drinks for the crowd. This particular Golden Fiddle was made for me by Beau Sturm of Trina's.
The Golden Fiddle began with with dark Angostura Bitters notes. The sip was very similar to the Diablo's with cassis' berry and the lime juice dominating. The cassis continued on into the beginning of the swallow where it mingled with the rum, and the swallow ended a bit drier with absinthe's anise and the bitters' spice. As the ice melted, the rye and the spice began to play a larger role in the drink's balance. Unfortunately for Tyler, his drink and entertaining performances did not secure the victory, for his co-worker Ted Kilpatrick won the honors to compete in the next round.

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