Wednesday, November 23, 2016

passport painkiller

1 oz Dewar's 12 Year Scotch
1/4 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch
1/2 oz Blackwell Rum
1/4 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Coconut Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a Tiki mug. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with a pineapple fruit leaf, orange twist, and freshly grated nutmeg.

Two Wednesdays ago, I stopped into Backbar for their drink of the day which was a riff on the classic Painkiller. Sam Cronin had created this libation for the day after election day as "anything to transport us away and kill the pain." Sam described how his tweaks resulted in something not too far from the classic, and the additional spice, malt, and smoke flavors did not amount to too much of a shock treatment to the soul. Moreover, Scotch Tiki is not that that big of a stretch either, considering that drinks like the Starboard Light and Cocoanut Grove Cooler are in the Tiki lexicon and more modern Tiki numbers like 3 Dots and a Dash's Tall As A Tree and Twice as Shady exist.
The Passport Painkiller generated an orange and nutmeg nose from the garnishes, and this preceded a creamy orange and pineapple sip. Next, the swallow offered a bit of complexity with smoky whisky, dark rum, coconut, and allspice flavors.

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