Tuesday, December 12, 2017

brotherly advice

2 oz Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
3/4 oz Rare Wine Company Verdelho Madeira (Blandy's 5 Year Verdelho)
1/4 oz Cointreau
1 bsp Crème de Cacao (Tempus Fugit)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)
2 dash Bittermens Tiki Bitters (Bittermens Burlesque Bitters)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a wide orange peel swath.

For the cocktail hour two Tuesdays ago, I decided to make a recipe that I had spotted on the BarNotes app called Brotherly Advice. The drink was crafted by Peter Bodenheimer, the app's creator, who began working on a rum and Madeira cocktail. The name stemmed from his needing help to round out the ingredients, so he asked his brother Neal who co-owns The Cure and Cane & Table in New Orleans. In the end, the Verdelho Madeira's chocolate undertones (as described in this post on Madeira) were accented by crème de cacao; moreover, orange flavors are complementary to many Madeiras so I can understand the orange liqueur and bitters added here.
The garnish's orange oil aromas accented the sweet grape notes on the nose. Next, a semi-dry caramel and grape sip led into a rum, chocolate, and orange swallow with a spice-laden finish.

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