Thursday, June 28, 2018

sunday morning coming down

3-4 leaf Mint (6 leaves)
1 1/2 oz Sercial Madeira (Blandy's 5 Year Verdelho)
1 oz Barbancourt 4 Year Rhum (Barbancourt 8 Year)
1/4 oz Rich Demerara Syrup

Muddle the mint, add the rest of ingredients and crushed ice, stir, top with crushed ice, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Two Thursdays ago, I reached for Sarah Baird's New Orleans Cocktails and spied the Sunday Morning Coming Down. I was lured in by it being a Julep with Madeira as well as being a Johnny Cash song reference. I later learned that the song was written by Kris Kristofferson and recorded in 1969 by Ray Stevens a year before Johnny Cash turned it into a number one hit. The recipe was crafted by Isaiah Estell of Cavan, and the rum, Madeira, and mint reminded me of the Take the Long Way Home.
The Sunday Morning Coming Down offered up a mint bouquet to the nose that preceded a grape and caramel sip. Next, rum, grape, orange peel, dried fruit, and mint flavors fill the swallow.

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