Wednesday, December 25, 2019

dickensian villain

1 oz Rye Whiskey (1 1/4 oz Rittenhouse Bonded)
1 oz Plantation Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum (1 1/4 oz)
1/4 oz Grenadine
1 bsp Fernet Branca

Build in an old fashioned glass, add a large ice cube, stir to mix and chill, and garnish with orange oil from a twist (add the twist as well).
Two Wednesdays ago, I broke down and finally added Plantation's pineapple rum to my liquor shelves. For a start, I returned to Imbibe Magazine and selected the Dickensian Villain as its inaugural use; that recipe was invented by Allan Katz of Los Angeles' Here's Looking at You bar (and not Allan Katz the distiller). The name makes an allusion to the character that the rum is named after, Reverend Stiggins who plays a dark force in Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, and the combination of grenadine and Fernet reminded me of two Sours -- the Jim Rose and the Noble. In the glass, the Dickensian Villain proffered orange, pineapple, and menthol notes to the nose. Next, berry and tropical flavors on the sip gave way to rye spice, rum, and pineapple elements on the swallow with a bitter pomegranate finish.

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