Monday, August 19, 2013

the angry parrot

1 oz Lemon Hart 151 Rum
1 oz Old Monk Rum
1 oz Pineapple Juice
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Grenadine
1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wheel floated on the surface, grate nutmeg over the top, and add a straw.
Two weeks ago, we ventured down to one of Citizen Public House's weekly Tiki Tuesdays. While we have made other nights of this recurrent event on occasion, what drew us out were the pair of guest bartenders, namely Eastern Standard's own Seth Freidus and Hugh Fiore (pictured above). For a start, I asked Hugh Fiore for the Angry Parrot, one of the original recipes that he crafted for the night. Seth commented that the genesis of the drink was quite Hunter S. Thompson like; Hugh then explained that he came up with the idea after two Rittenhouses, three glasses of wine, and a pair of Fernets. I tried to find a connection between Hunter and parrots but only found one with a Mynah bird in an interview with cartoonist Ralph Steadman:
Hunter had a Mynah bird called Edward. He kept it in a big iron cage. Then he would creep towards the cage and bang the wires loudly and say menacingly, "I'm coming to get you Edward," and the bird would start to squawk. Hunter would open the cage and grab the bird amidst more squawking and Hunter saying, "You cannot escape, Edward! I have you in my power," and the poor bird would struggle and peck furiously at Hunter's hands which held the creature. "Yes! Edward!! It's me and you are doomed. There is no bird god who can save you now. It is futile to struggle -- and I am hungry, Edward. Hungry!!" Then he would simply allow it to jump back on its perch. I think they tormented each other for fun. The bird often sat on Hunter's shoulder.
That aside, when the Angry Parrot was mixed, it offered a nutmeg aroma. Lime and orange flavors joined the rums' caramel on the sip; the rums continued on into the swallow where they joined the pineapple and cinnamon flavors.

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