Wednesday, November 8, 2017

gunwale punch

1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Apricot Liqueur (Rothman & Winter)
1/2 oz Swedish Punsch (Kronan)
1 oz Rhum Agricole Blanc (Clement Premiere Canne)
1 oz Blanco Tequila (Cimarron)
10 drop Absinthe (St. George)

Shake with ice, strain into a Tiki mug, fill with crushed ice, and garnish with mint.

After the previous night's enjoyment of the Gun Club Punch #2, I decided to riff on the combination by switching the sweeteners from curaçao and rock candy syrup to apricot liqueur and Swedish punsch that had worked rather well in the Havana Cocktail. Moreover, I changed spirit base to a rhum agricole and tequila that impressed me in Martin Cate's Menehune Gonzalez. With the rum, grapefruit, and lime trio, I wanted to take a step closer to the Jet Pilot by adding back a small amount of spice through a dash of absinthe.
In the mug, the garnishes greeted the nose with a mint and peppery floral bouquet. Next, grapefruit and lime on the sip transitioned into the combination of grassy and vegetal spirits and the apricot-Swedish punsch duo on the swallow with a light anise finish. Overall, the presence of apricot in the mix reminded me of the Golden Gun to some degree.

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