Thursday, December 23, 2021

tropical depression

1 1/2 oz White Rum (*)
1/2 oz Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum (*)
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/4 oz Creme de Banane (Tempus Fugit)
1/4 oz Fernet Branca

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.
(*) Originally made with 2 oz Wray & Nephew which was a bit overwhelming. Splitting it with 3 parts of a solid Daiquiri rum to 1 part Wray & Nephew was my fix concept after the fact. Other funky white overproof Jamaican rums will probably work well too.
After work two Thursdays ago, I was inspired by the banana-Fernet combination from the Lost Horizon two nights prior and being reminded of the Banana Toronto from back in July. The direction that I took it was a Daiquiri with a funky Jamaican white rum. For a name, I dubbed this one the Tropical Depression as a tribute drink to someone I know who was just airlifted off their Caribbean cruise ship that week after testing positive with Covid (the depression part was that they were locked in a cabin for a day or two before the helicopter became available). In the glass, the Tropical Depression wafted to the nose with funky rum à la ripe fruit that was joined by fresh menthol notes. Next, lime and caramelized banana on the sip flowed into funky rum, bitter herbal, and tropical flavors on the swallow.

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