Monday, April 5, 2021

sea b3

2 oz Gosling's Black Seal Rum
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.

Two Mondays ago, I decided to finally make the Sea B3 from the Death & Co. Cocktail Book. The name and rum base made me think of some of Trader Vic's old recipes named after military aircraft such as the PB2Y2 (which remarkably has overlapping ingredients plus curaçao and lime juice). Besides that similarity, the recipe also read just like a dark rum Ward 8, and the link to Boston's political cocktail made sense once I learned of the back story. Phil Ward crafted this combination in 2008 and declared, "This is one of several cocktails inspired by the worst days of our battles with our community board a/k/a CB3." In early 2007, the CB3 passed a resolution to deny the renewal of Death & Co.'s liquor license after the bar had been open for a few months. After a prolonged legal battle, a large fine, and a brief shutdown, the bar was finally granted some security for its license along with a 2am closing time.
The Sea B3 greeted the senses with a dark rum aroma in a molasses sort of way plus berry notes from the grenadine. Next, dark caramel, orange, and berry flavors on the sip led into molasses-y rum on the swallow. Overall, the dark rum worked better than American whiskey does for my palate in the Ward 8.

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