Wednesday, March 25, 2020

honey dew

2 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
1/2 oz Perry's Tot Navy Strength Gin (Hayman's Royal Dock))
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Shake with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass or goblet filled with crushed ice (coupe glass without ice), and garnish with an orange wheel (lemon twist).
Two Wednesdays ago, I returned to Frank Caiafa's 2016 The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book and spotted the Honey Dew. It was their modern interpretation of the recipe found in the 1935 bar book which called for Cocchi Americano and simple syrup instead the original's vermouth and water; the rum was also switched to a softer dark rum from a Jamaican one. Once assembled, the Honey Dew greeted the nose with a lemon oil, caramel, and juniper nose. Next, lemon and orchard fruit on the sip gave way to rum and juniper notes on the swallow with a lemon and melon finish.

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