Wednesday, November 17, 2021

bitter pill

1 1/2 oz Zaya Rum
1/2 oz Fernet Branca
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Demerara Syrup (1:1)
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with ice, strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Wednesdays prior, I spotted a 2011 recipe from Imbibe Magazine on Kindred Cocktails called the Bitter Pill. This drink by Richard Swan at Cliffs Edge in Los Angeles reminded me at first of the Dirt'n'Diesel with egg white (ignoring the small amount of Cynar) and later of the Daisy Buchanan minus the crème de cacao. Once prepared, this embittered egg white Daiquiri of sorts conjured up an orange oil, caramel, molasses, and menthol aroma. Next, a creamy lime and caramel sip flowed into rum, molasses, and minty-menthol flavors on the swallow.

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