Saturday, November 2, 2013

two caravels

1 oz Plantation Special Dark Rum
1 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Cane Syrup (*)
2 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass.
(*) Unless this was diluted, subbing 2:1 simple syrup will work in a pinch.

Two Tuesdays ago, I ventured over to Brick & Mortar after work. For a first drink, I asked bartender Lea Madda for the Two Caravels that bar manager Matt Schrage had created. A caravel is a small, maneuverable sailing ship that was quite popular during the Age of Exploration. Perhaps the two caravels in question were Christopher Columbus' the Niña and the Pinta that he used for his trans-Atlantic voyage; the third ship, the Santa Maria, was a carrack though and not a caravel.
The Two Caravels proffered a dark caramel aroma from the aged Plantation rum. The sip shared lemon and grape flavors and was followed by a robust rum swallow. The swallow continued with a nutty sherry finish accented with tart lemon notes.

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