Wednesday, October 26, 2016

carmen miranda

1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1 oz Amaro Lucano
1/4 oz Giffard Banane du Bresil
1/8 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3 dash Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with either a floated dried banana chip (others) or a pineapple wedge and paper parasol (here).
Two Wednesdays ago, I attended an Amaro Lucano industry night at Park in Cambridge. One of the drinks that I had was a house original called the Carmen Miranda that came across like a tropical Black Manhattan given the banana aspect. Once built, the Carmen Miranda proffered pineapple and banana aromas. Next, the amaro donated caramel notes to the sip that were colored with tropical notes from the banana liqueur, and the swallow paired the rye with dark herbal notes with a return of the banana on the finish.
Going South
• 1 oz Diplomatico Reserva Rum
• 1 oz Amaro Lucano
• 1/4 oz Amontillado Sherry
• 1/4 oz Honey Syrup
• 2 dash Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass, fill with fresh ice, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
The other drink I had was Tad Carducci's Going South that combined grape, honey, and rum flavors to the rich amaro in a rather delightful nightcap or Rum Manhattan sort of way.

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