Sunday, August 9, 2015

pencil thin mustache

1 1/2 oz Leblon Cachaça
3/4 oz Fernet Branca
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Mint Syrup (*)

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
(*) Recipe provided was 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup mint, 1/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, let simmer 30 minutes, and strain. I did a scaled down version (1 cup:1/2 oz) in a coffee mug in my microwave.

At the Daiquiri Time Out event at Tales of the Cocktail, I got a Daiquiri variation at the Leblon Cachaça booth and picked up a copy of their The Art of Cachaça recipe book. Two Mondays ago, I reached for it to make the night's libation and found Dustin Olson's drink, the Pencil Thin Mustache, from Cannibale in Calgary and Forrest Point in Brooklyn. At first, I figured that it was a direct tribute to John Waters and all that rock out this look, but it is probably named after the Jimmy Buffett song that honors this style.
The Pencil Thin Mustache under my nose provided mint and menthol aromas. A creamy lime and pineapple sip showed off the Fernet Branca's caramel notes, and the swallow offered grassy cachaça, mint, and menthol flavors.

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