Sunday, August 14, 2016

lovely bunch of coconuts

1 1/2 oz Mezcal
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Coconut Syrup
1/2 oz Demerara Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice or Von Humboldt's Tamarind Cordial

Shake with ice and strain into a coconut-shaped Tiki mug. Fill with crushed ice, garnish with a paper parasol speared into a lime wheel dashed with Angostura Bitters.

After my Sunday night shift two weeks ago, I still had time to make last call at Backbar. For a drink, I asked for the Lovely Bunch of Coconuts that was on the menu. The recipe was created by bartender Kat Lamper as a tribute to the 1940s novelty song "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" that was made famous by Merv Griffin and its more recent appearance in The Lion King. Originally, the drink was created with lime juice but that week they were switching things up with a limited release of Von Humbolt's Tamarind Cordial from the Tamworth Distillery which has a high acid content to make for a close substitution.
The Lovely Bunch of Coconuts presented a clove and allspice aroma from the Angostura Bitters dashed on the lime wheel garnish. Next, the sip was creamy and rich, and the swallow offered smoky mezcal that paired well with the a bitter coconut combination.

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