Thursday, October 10, 2013

death or glory

3/4 oz Smith & Cross Rum
3/4 oz Old Monk Rum
1/2 oz Angostura Bitters
1 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

For my second drink at Trina's Starlite Lounge, I asked bartender Emma Hollander about the Death or Glory. I was drawn to in part because of The Clash reference and because Angostura Bitters was listed third in the line up. After asking if the show position was for a reason, she confirmed that it was a bit more than a few dashes and described how bartender Beau Sturm concocted this libation. The heavy Angostura and Cherry Heering pairing reminded me of drinks like Ryan Lotz's Calabura Flip and the Hot Shot from the 1937 UKBG Approved Cocktails book.
The Death or Glory began with a lemon oil aroma with cherry notes and rum funk; later, the drink's nose was more smokey and Angostura driven. A dark lemon and cherry sip led into a rum dried out by Angostura Bitters swallow and a spice and Smith & Cross funky finish.

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