Thursday, December 22, 2016

dakkar grotto

1 1/2 oz JM Rhum Agricole Blanc
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Green Tea Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

One of the drinks I created for the new Loyal Nine menu revision never made it onto the list to make room for egg nog and other seasonal offerings instead, but I will try to find a home for it in the future. When two drinks were coming off the menu, I rescued the rhum agricole from one and the green tea syrup from the other to craft a grassy Daiquiri of sorts. To round out the combination, I looked to the Pirate Slave and added the bitter complexity of Punt e Mes. And for a name, I thought of the Nautilus, but there is already a cocktail or two named after that. So instead, I took the Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea theme a step further and dubbed it after the resting place of Captain Nemo.
The Dakkar Grotto shared a grapefruit aroma that led into a lime, grape, and grassy sip. The grassy notes continued into the swallow where they and the rhum flavors melded into the Punt e Mes bitter notes, and things wrapped up with tea tannins on the finish.

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