Thursday, February 23, 2017


2/3 Jamaican Rum (1 oz Coruba + 1/2 oz Rumfire)
3 dash Port Wine (1 oz Sandeman Tawny)
1 dash Lemon Juice (1/2 oz)
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

After getting home from Craigie on Main, I was in need of a nightcap so I reached for Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933. There in the rum section, I found the Newkirk that was similar to the Newkirk Crusta from that book except for the Crusta's citrus being lime, the presence of raspberry syrup, and the serving style. Moreover, the Newkirk contained bitters which most Crustas (save for the ones in Pioneers such as the Newkirk Crusta) often do. Also, the combination of rum, citrus, wine of some sort, and bitters reminded me of the Fig Leaf Cocktail.
For Jamaican rums, I went with a combo of funky ones - one dark and one white; in retrospect, perhaps a smoother Jamaican such as an Appleton mixed with a touch of something funky might do better here. Luckily, I love rum funk and it began in the aroma department where it joined a hint of the port's grape. The grape continued on into the sip where it mingled with the lemon and the Coruba's caramel notes, and the swallow offered the return of funky rum elements that were mellowed by the port. Finally, the drink finished with lemon and allspice flavors.

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