Wednesday, February 17, 2016


1 oz Calvados (Boulard VSOP)
3/4 oz Overproof French Style Agricole Rhum (*) (1/4 oz each Lemonhart 151, Wray & Nephew, DonQ 151)
1/2 oz Swedish Punsch (Kronan)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Curaçao (Van der Hum)
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice

Blend with 1 cup crushed ice, pour into a Tiki mug (shake with ice, strain into a mug, and fill with crushed ice), and garnish with pineapple leaves, orange peel, and an orchid (orange peel, lime wheel, cherry).
(*)Original recipe in the video was just "overproof rum"; see text below for explanation.

After the Smoke & Mirrors, I turned to another Paul McGee creation from Lost Lake that appeared in a video on Chicago Magazine. Besides always being game to try one of Paul's recipes, I am a sucker for drinks with Swedish punsch and passion fruit -- a combination that worked rather well in the 1937 Puate's Delight. The video only mentioned "overproof rum," but I was informed on my Instagram post that the rum was overproof rhum agricole. With that came the explanation that the GFY did not stand for "Go F*** Yourself" or the corporate office-appropriate version "Good For You!", but for "Go French Yourself." Indeed, a pair of French spirits, Calvados from France and rum from Martinique, provide the backbone for the GFY.
The GFY's aroma was rather citrus driven with fresh oil aromas stemming from the orange and lime garnish. These two citrus elements were repeated in the sip where the orange and lime mingled with passion fruit and caramel. And finally, the swallow shared apple, rum, passion fruit, and pineapple flavors.

1 comment:

Excommish said...

Wow - made one tonight for myself and the girlfriend. She really liked it. We are big fans of Paul McGee and enjoy going to Lost Lake when we can ...