Monday, February 1, 2016

missionary impossible

1 1/2 oz El Dorado 3 Year Rum
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Apricot Liqueur (Marie Brizard)
1/2 oz Honey Syrup
1/4 oz Pineapple Juice
3 sprig Mint
1 dash Fee's Peach Bitters
1 dash Absinthe (Butterfly)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Monday two weeks ago, I began flipping through the Fee Brothers 2015 Fall Cocktails book that Luc gave me for it had featured my Final Countdown using their molasses bitters. One of the drinks that caught my eye was crafted by Backbar's Kobie Ali as a riff on Don the Beachcomber's Missionary's Downfall called the Missionary Impossible. Like Duggan McDonnell's Missionary's Downfall variation, the Missionary Impossible utilized peach bitters instead of peach liqueur. However, while the variation utilized simple syrup, this riff went in the complementary apricot liqueur route.
The Missionary Impossible presented a mint, anise, and floral aroma. The combination of lime and honey filled the sip, and the swallow offered rum, apricot, and pineapple like Charles H. Baker's Hotel Nacional Special. Finally the drink finished with minty, anise, and peach notes.

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