Friday, August 17, 2018

port light

1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup (2/3 oz)
1/4 oz Grenadine (1/3 oz)
1 1/2 oz Bourbon (2 oz Fighting Cock 103)
8 oz Crushed Ice

Blend for 5 seconds on high speed and pour into a Port Light glass (shake with ice, strain, and fill with crushed ice).

Two Fridays ago, I was flipping through Beachbum Berry's Remixed when I came across the Port Light from the Kahiki of Columbus, Ohio. Though I had never made the classic, I had previously made Martin Cate's variation in Smuggler's Cove that swapped the grenadine for honey and took things in an egg white direction. With Cate's riff, the passion fruit-honey was a classic duo utilized by Donn Beach in his Don's Special Daiquiri, but it stepped away from the original by a bit. Moreover, the classic combination did inspire me in my creation of the Fiji Mermaid, but it was time to make the Port Light as Berry published it (well, given a few proportion tweaks).
The garnishes on the Port Light generated a mint and peppery floral aroma over the drink's Bourbon, passion fruit, and berry notes. Next, lemon, berry, and a tropical aspect from the passion fruit filled the sip, and the swallow showcased the angry Bourbon softened by pomegranate and passion fruit flavors. Overall, the sip was a bit more evocative of raspberry and strawberry while the swallow was more suggestive of blackberry.

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