Saturday, December 31, 2016

merciless virgin

3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Seltzer
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
1/4 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
1 1/2 oz Blended Lightly Aged Rum (Diplomatico Añejo)

Flash blend with 12 oz crushed ice and pour into a footed Pilsner glass (shake all but the soda water with ice, strain into a Tiki mug with the soda water). Garnish with cherries on a pick (cherry-lemon peel flag).

After my bar shift two Saturdays ago, I reached for the Smuggler's Cove book and happened upon the Merciless Virgin. The recipe was Smuggler Cove's adaptation of Frank "Skipper" Kent's drink at Skipper Kent's in San Francisco. The only exposure that I have had to Kent's recipes is his Planter's Punch from Remixed, and the name alone of the Skipper's Particular from Esquire's Handbook for Hosts does make me wonder.
The Merciless Virgin gave forth a lemon oil aroma from the twist I added that prepared the mouth for the lemon in the sip that was joined by orange and dark fruit notes. Next, the swallow shared rum and medicinal cherry flavors with a light spice finish.

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