Monday, July 19, 2021

robert deniro's facial expression

1 1/2 oz Mezcal (Fidencio)
3/4 oz Aged Jamaican Rum (1/4 oz each Smith & Cross, Plantation Xaymaca, and Appleton Signature)
1/2 oz Artichoke Digestif (Cynar)
1/4 oz Falernum (Velvet)
1/4 oz Banana Liqueur (Giffard)
2 dash Angostura Bitters
1 pinch Salt

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Mondays ago, I selected Chad Austin's Everyone Has a F*cking Cocktail Book and spied the curiously named Robert Deniro's Facial Expression. Chad created at the drink at a R&D Night at Harvard & Stone, and its Cynar-banana combination reminded me of Sahil Mehta's Strangers With Candy and Banana Cup No. 1. Once prepared, it proffered an orange oil, rum and Cynar funk, and smoke aroma to the nose. Next, caramel on the sip transitioned into smoky mezcal, funky rum and Cynar, banana, and clove flavors on the swallow with a banana and smoke finish.

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