Tuesday, January 11, 2022

last man on earth

2 oz White or Light Rum (Bacardi 4 Year)
3/4 oz Blanc Vermouth (Dolin)
1/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/8 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Absinthe (12 drop St. George)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a grapefruit twist. Originally published on Instagram as 1 1/2 oz rum, 1/2 oz grapefruit, and 1/4 oz cinnamon syrup with the rest held the same, but the cinnamon note was a bit too dominant.

Two Tuesdays ago, I was inspired by my Zombie President to remix it to something more simple and with fresh juice instead of liqueur in this stirred drink. I thought about how the Zombie Essence stripped down the 1934 Zombie into rums, Don's Mix (2 parts grapefruit juice to 1 part cinnamon syrup), and lime. So perhaps moving Don's Mix into the blanc vermouth version of the El Presidente in place of grenadine and curaçao would likewise transfer the feel. In addition, I upped the ante by adding in the Zombie's Angostura and absinthe accents. For a name, I searched for zombie movie titles, and the 1964 post-apocalyptic Last Man on Earth stood out.
The Last Man on Earth proffered a grapefruit and floral bouquet to the nose. Next, grapefruit and white grape notes on the sip uncovered rum, grapefruit, cinnamon, clove, and allspice flavors on the swallow with a hint of anise on the finish.

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