Thursday, August 20, 2015

sun city

1 1/4 oz Bar Hill Gin
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Blandy's Alvada Madeira (*)
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 crack Black Pepper

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an additional crack of black pepper.
(*) A 50:50 mix of Bual and Malmsey grapes.
The drink that I requested at The Frogmore was the Sun City. Bar manager Alex Homans later explained his creation as a tribute to Charleston, SC, playing a major role in the Madeira trade back in the Colonial days. Once prepared, the Sun City gave forth a vegetal herbal aroma that was almost celery like. Next, lime, pineapple, and aged wine on the sip were followed by gin, celery, and pineapple on the swallow. Overtime, black pepper began to enter the drink perhaps from the ingestion of the garnish.

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