Thursday, April 22, 2021

adventures close to home

1 oz Rhum Agricole Blanc (Rhum Clement Premiere Canne)
1 oz Mezcal (Fidencio)
1/2 oz Amaro Nardini
1/2 oz Swedish Punsch (Kronan)
2 dash Peychaud's Bitters
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Two Thursdays ago, I was more inspired to create something than search a bunch of books for a new recipe. I became inspired by the recent Amaro Nardini drinks and wanted to see how it would sooth aggressive spirits like rhum agricole and mezcal. To give it an extra dimension, I added in Swedish punsch and both Peychaud's and Angostura Bitters. For a name, I latched on to a song by the British 1970s punk band The Slits called Adventures Close to Home that sounded like a perfect way to sum up the last year of pandemic living. Once prepared, the Adventures Close to Home showcased grapefruit oil over grassy and smoke aromas. Next, a caramel sip led into grassy, vegetal, minty, smoky, chocolate, black tea, anise, and clove flavors on the swallow. Overall, the two liqueurs did a great job smoothing the edges on the rhum and mezcal.

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