Sunday, December 23, 2018

the navigator

1 oz Bacardi 8 Year Rum
1 oz Rainwater Madeira
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Giffard Apricot Liqueur
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist and an edible orchid flower.
Two Sundays ago, we returned from an afternoon of outlet shopping in Kittery, Maine, and beer drinking at the SoMe taproom, and we stopped into the Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden II for dinner. For a drink, I asked bartender Nika Orlovsky for the Navigator. With a fortified wine overlap with the other Navigator on the blog, I assumed that this was a tribute to Prince Henry the Navigator who claimed the island of Madeira for Portugal in the 15th century. Once served, this Navigator proffered floral and lemon aromas from the garnishes that led into a caramel, grape, and lemon sip. Next, the aged rum mingled with a floral apricot flavor on the swallow. Overall, it was a delightful tipple that reminded me a little of the Scofflaw in build style.

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