Thursday, March 2, 2017

funky kingston

1 1/2 oz Sons of Liberty True Born Genever-style Gin
3/4 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
3/4 oz Velvet Falernum
1/2 oz Lime Juice
3 dash Angostura Bitters
2 slice Ginger Root

Muddle the ginger slices, add the rest of the ingredients, shake with ice, and strain into a double Old Fashioned glass. Fill with crushed ice, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg, and add straws.

While at Russell House Tavern, bartender Jay Miranda wanted to show me his new creation called the Funky Kingston. The base spirit was a Genever-style gin from the Sons of Liberty distillery where they began with a Belgian-style white beer containing all the botanicals save for the juniper. For a name, Jay paid tribute to the distillery's home in Kingston, RI, and dubbed this one after a reggae song from Toots & the Maytals.
Once prepared, the Funky Kingston shared a nutmeg aroma that led into a lime, orange, and malt sip. Next, the swallow gave forth juniper, lemon from perhaps the lemongrass and coriander in the gin, ginger, and clove flavors. Overall, the spirit worked great in what otherwise seemed like a Royal Bermuda Yacht Club or Test Pilot structure.

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