Friday, February 3, 2017

black sea swizzle

1 oz JM Rhum Agricole Blanc
1/2 oz Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Build in a Collins glass, fill with crushed ice, and swizzle to mix and chill. Add a straw, float 1/4 oz Fernet Branca (photo shows 1/2 oz which is for braver folk and 1 bsp might be better for others), and garnish with a citrus peel boat. Adding the straw before floating the Fernet Branca makes for a clean first sip.
For drink of the day two weeks ago, the week's theme was Fernet Branca. As I was setting up the bar, I thought about how the low sugar content of Fernet makes it great for floating such as in the Benton Park Swizzle and Fratelli Sling. I also considered Fernet's ability to fit into Tiki and tropical drinks such as the Free Rider. The Swizzle concept stuck and I recalled the Sinking Ship Swizzle that reminded me of blood in the water given the Peychaud's Bitters float. With the blackness of the Fernet, the name the Black Sea Swizzle seemed to tie everything together.

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