Monday, August 29, 2016

don's own grog

3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/8 oz Blackberry Brandy (Marie Brizard)
3/8 oz Simple Syrup
1/8 oz Grenadine
1 oz Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
1/2 oz Diplomatico Añejo Rum
1/2 oz Coruba Dark Rum
1 dash Grated Nutmeg
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Two Mondays ago, I decided to continue with the blackberry brandy companion piece to the Rum Runner, namely Don's Own Grog created by Don the Beachcomber in 1937. For a recipe, I formulated a hybrid of the Smuggler's Cove and Beachbum Berry's Sippin' Safari recipes with the rum choices from the former and the inclusion of nutmeg in the shake from the latter (for that effect worked rather well in the Haitian Zombie). Finally, I adjusted the liqueurs and syrups to my preferred balance.
Don's Own Grog offered up a woody spice bouquet that accented the fresh mint that I added to the equation. Next, lime and berry on the sip stepped aside for dark funky rum blending into blackberry on the swallow and clove and nutmeg spice on the finish.

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