Friday, August 13, 2021

black princess

1 oz Privateer Navy Yard Rum
3/4 oz Michter's Rye
3/4 oz Cocchi Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Amaro di Angostura

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe glass, and garnish with a cherry (Woodford Reserve).
Two Fridays ago, I began perusing the Hawthorne bar bible when I spotted the Black Princess that reminded me of Drink's 1919 Cocktail. The recipe was crafted by bartender Nick Frank circa 2016 with the menu subtitle "Luke Ryan's Dread Consort." The bar book provided the back history of, "Dubliner Luke Ryan had sailed his ship out of home waters as a British privateer to fight the Americans. But he had decided that profit and duty would be best served by turning pirate for the French Crown, and going to war against the British Navy for the freedom of the United States." In the glass, the rum aromas joined the amaro's caramel and clove ones. Next, grape and caramel on the sip sailed off into rum, rye, allspice, and clove flavors on the swallow. Overall, the balance was a bit more spice driven and less herbal than the 1919.

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