Tuesday, July 7, 2015

a bird named rufus

1 oz Plantation 3 Star White Rum
1 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
4 leaf Mint

Build in a rocks glass, add ice, and shake to incorporate. Top with 1 oz soda water and garnish with a lemon twist.
About two weeks ago, Andrea and I stopped into Spoke for drinks and food, and at the bar were bartenders Chris Danforth and Liz Mann. For a first drink, I asked Liz for A Bird Named Rufus. When I learned that Chris had created the recipe, I inquired about the curious drink name. The Rufus in question was the Rufous-crowned Tody Flycatcher bird, and it was the only bird call Chris' mom knew and she frequently would do the call. Once this tribute to his childhood was mixed in the glass, it offered a lemon aroma over a lightly carbonated lemon sip. The swallow then proffered a combination of rum and funky bitter flavors with growing mint notes over time.

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