Tuesday, March 26, 2013

[ghost of castle island]

1 1/2 oz Bacardi Select Rum
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz Pedro Romero Oloroso Sherry
1/2 oz La Favorite Blanc Rhum Agricole

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Twist an orange peel over the top.

The second drink that bartender John Mayer made for me at Local 149 from his Bacardi competition recipes was a rum and sherry Bijou-like drink. For a name, I thought of the beach near the bar in South Boston. A few blocks away on Castle Island, the government built Fort Independence which was a hotspot for ghost activity in the 19th century. In fact, when Edgar Allen Poe was stationed there in 1827, he heard the local lore about how an unpopular officer was bricked up alive in the fort following his killing of a more popular officer in a duel; this tale led Poe to later write "The Cask of the Amontillado." Since the drink has sherry in it, I figured the "Ghost of Castle Island" was a good place holder of a name as any.
local 149 john mayer bacardi bijou
The drink began with an orange oil aroma that punctuated that of the Green Chartreuse. A tart and grassy grape sip was followed by the rums' flavor on the swallow. The swallow ended with herbal Green Chartreuse notes and a lingering rhum agricole finish.

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