Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[queen's slipper]

1 oz Smith & Cross Rum
1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur
1/2 oz Averna

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Twist an orange peel over the top.
For a second drink at the Baldwin Bar in Woburn's Sichuan Garden II, Ran asked if I wanted "something weird" that he had been working on. While it lacked a name, I dubbed it the "Queen's Slipper," a name of an Australian playing card brand as a follow up to the Pair of Queens drink (and because the Smith & Cross does add some funk). Once mixed, it offered an orange oil, grape, and Jamaican rum funk to the nose. Next, the sip was mostly about the Carpano Antica's robust grape notes, and the swallow's flavor highlight was how well the Smith & Cross funk melded with the Averna and walnut for an earthy finish.

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