Tuesday, October 30, 2018

perfect storm

1 1/2 oz Smith & Cross Rum
1/2 oz Cocchi Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Crème de Cacao (Tempus Fugit)
3/4 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
4 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
Two Tuesdays ago, I ventured onto the Haus Alpenz website and searched their recipe database. Under the Smith & Cross Rum section, I was drawn to Kellie Thorn's Perfect Storm that she created at Atlanta's Empire State South. The mix reminded me of a cross between Hurricane (given the name and the passion fruit and lemon) and a Floridita (with the crème de cacao and vermouth); the Tortuga also came to mind especially since it appears to me as Trader Vic's expansion of the Floridita. Once prepared, the Perfect Storm greeted the nose with funky aged rum, passion fruit, and a hint of allspice on the nose. Next, lemon, passion fruit, and caramel danced on the sip, and the swallow displayed the combination of funky Jamaican rum, passion fruit, chocolate, and allspice flavors.

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