Thursday, May 21, 2020

bitter spring

1 oz Fernet Branca
1 oz Flor de Caña Gold 4 Year Rum
3/4 oz Ginger Syrup
3/4 oz Orgeat
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a Collins glass, fill with crushed ice, and top with several heavy dashes of Peychaud's Bitters.

Two Wednesdays ago, I had just finished up a batch of orgeat and sought out an use for it. I eventually stumbled upon a Sother Teague recipe allegedly created at Amor y Amargo in Manhattan in a 2015 Out Magazine article. That drink was the Bitter Spring, and the combination of Fernet, rum, orgeat, and citrus reminded me of the Tar Pit, and Fernet and orgeat have worked well together in drinks as disparate as the Mansfield Cocktail and the Fort York. This recipe attributed to Amor y Amargo was curious for they do not serve drinks with citrus juice there.
The Bitter Spring seemed appropriate name-wise given the current situation, and the libation itself generated an anise and menthol nose. Next, a creamy, caramel, and lemon sip slipped into a rum, nutty, minty, ginger, earthy gentian, and menthol swallow.

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