Monday, September 19, 2022

origami ape

1 1/2 oz Aged Puerto Rican Rum (Don Q Añejo)
3/4 oz Amaro Montenegro
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Banana Liqueur (Tempus Fugit)
1 pinch Salt

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a banana chip (omit).
Two Mondays ago, I returned after a bit of an absence to Chad Austin's Everyone Has a F*cking Cocktail Book and landed upon the Origami Ape. Chad's recipe features the combination of crème de banane and Amaro Montenegro that has appeared in a trio of drinks: the Hawthorne's Flower & Vine, Dead Rabbit's Fifth Gear, and Brian Maxwell's Chiquita Old Fashioned. Here as a Daiquiri variation, it proffered banana aromas with hints of orange and lime. Next, a lime and caramel sip flowed into rum and banana-tangerine flavors on the swallow. As it warmed up, the balance tipped a bit to the sweeter side, so perhaps dropping the Amaro Montenegro to a half ounce would help things.

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