Saturday, August 1, 2015

ye old hurricane in a bottle

1 1/2 oz Beefeater Gin
3/4 oz Oloroso Sherry
1/2 oz BG Reynolds Passion Fruit Syrup
1/8 oz (1 barspoon) Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

There was no information provided about the dilution here. My guess would be to serve a single portion after stirring with ice and straining; this one was batched and bottled (with or without extra added water). The spirit level is a bit too great as compared to the sugar level and lower ABV ingredients to not benefit from some sort of dilution.

The only drink that I had twice at the Bartender's Breakfast at Tales of the Cocktail was Ye Old Hurricane in a Bottle. Once because I was curious what a citrus- and rum-free Hurricane would taste like (passion fruit syrup was the only overlap between the recipes). The second was after the power went for the whole Bywater-Marigny Ninth Ward and the lights and music ceased. There was still a few booths making drinks but most were packing it up in the outage; however, the one that needed no bartenders in attendance was the bottled Hurricane. Therefore, I got one for myself, Nicole Desmond of the Rum Rum Room, and Rebecca Cate of Smuggler's Cove. It just felt right to drink something named after a storm associated with power loss, and the bottle was convenient in case we were all asked to leave the venue (although it turned out that there was no rush to shoo us from the space).
The Ye Old Hurricane in a Bottle began with a nutty sherry aroma that was brightened by passion fruit notes on the nose. Grape with tropical notes filled the sip, and the swallow offered gin, nuttiness from both the sherry and Maraschino. Overall, this Hurricane was very sherry-shifted due to the lack of citrus, but the dryness of said fortified wine maintained the balance rather well.

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