Tuesday, February 9, 2016

gorillas on deck

1 oz Clement Premiere Canne Rhum Agricole
1 oz Plantation Overproof Dark Rum
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Coconut Cream
1/2 oz Ginger Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Shake with a few ice cubes and pour into a tall glass. Fill with crushed ice, add a straw, and garnish with mint sprigs and 5 dash Angostura Bitters.

After No. 9 Park, I headed down the street to the Highball Lounge. There, I asked bartender Babs Adumbire for the Gorillas on Deck, their spiced Piña Colada riff. Babs warned me that while the drink does not taste all that boozy, the overproof rum will sneak up on you over time.
The Gorillas on Deck offered up a spiced aroma with mint, allspice, and clove notes. The creamy sip contrasted the tart lime with the sweeter caramel flavors, and the swallow began with grassy and funky rum notes and ended with pineapple and ginger. As the bitters garnish began to enter the flavor profile, the finish picked up a clove-driven dryness.

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